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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Students tell of ferry sinking

Published 28/07/2014 | 14:54

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A mother and her daughter tie yellow ribbons with messages for missing passengers and victims aboard the sunken ferry Sewol (AP)

South Korean students who survived April's deadly Sewol ferry disaster have said they were repeatedly ordered by loudspeaker to stay in the sinking ship.

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But they eventually helped each other flee after their cabins flooded too much, they said.

The six girls were giving evidence today at a court session for the 15 ferry crew members who face charges of negligence and failing to perform their duties to rescue passengers.

The court asked the media to not identify the teenagers to protect their privacy.

The students say they wore life jackets and were helped by friends to float out and leave flooded cabins.

One of them says she saw some friends swept away by waters.

More than 300 people died or are missing, and most of victims were students from a high school near Seoul.

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