(Time) Divers continue to search the sunken Sewol ferry off the South Korean coast, but strong currents and poor visibility are hampering rescue efforts, and hopes of finding any of the 288 still unaccounted for passengers alive are rapidly diminishing.
The ship, heading from Incheon to the resort island of Jeju, transmitted a distress signal at 9 a.m. local time Wednesday, and sank into freezing waters within two hours. A massive rescue operation saved 179 of the 475 passengers, the majority of them students and teachers going on a four-day school trip.
On Thursday, heartbreaking text messages between anxious parents and students trapped in the sinking ferry emerged in local media.
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