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Video emerges from inside doomed ferry

Robert Williams

Published 02/05/2014 | 02:30

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In this April 16, 2014 photo taken from the mobile phone of deceased South Korean high school student Park Su-hyeon and released by his father Park Jong-dae, students are shown inside the sinking ferry Sewol on waters near Jindo, South Korea. Soon after the ferry begins to tilt, nervous laughter can be heard from the high school students huddled below deck. In video clips from the cellphone of Park Su-hyeon, a victim of the disaster that has shaken South Korea, the teenagers talk of taking selfies, wonder if they'll make the news and discuss posting about the excitement later on Facebook. (AP Photo/Park Su-hyeon courtesy of the Park Family)
Students are shown inside the sinking ferry Sewol on waters near Jindo, South Korea. Soon after the ferry begins to tilt, nervous laughter can be heard from the high school students huddled below deck. In video clips from the cellphone of Park Su-hyeon, a victim of the disaster that has shaken South Korea, the teenagers talk of taking selfies, wonder if they'll make the news and discuss posting about the excitement later on Facebook. (AP Photo/Park Su-hyeon courtesy of the Park Family)

Footage has emerged from inside the South Korean Sewol ferry just moments before it capsized, showing students panicking as the ship starts to list badly.

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The mobile phone video was released by the father of victim Park Su-hyeon (17), whose body was recovered from the vessel by coastguard rescuers.

"Am I really going to die?" a student asks at 8.53am on April 16, less than two minutes into the video and two minutes before a crew member on the bridge made the ferry's first distress call.

Students ask whether the ship will sink and where their teachers are. "What's the captain doing?" one can be heard saying.

Several times they are warned over the loudspeaker to stay where they are, even as the tilting increases and it becomes less possible for them to flee.

The tragedy, which has left more than 300 people dead or missing, has led to national mourning, anger and shame.

About 220 bodies, mostly from inside the submerged vessel, have so far been recovered. More than 80pc of the victims were students from a single school on their way to the southern tourist island of Jeju for a school trip.

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