Monday 16 July 2018

Major operation underway to rescue 192 people from ferry that hit rock

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press

South Korea's coast guard says it is trying to rescue 192 people from a ferry that hit a rock in waters off the country's south-western coast.

An official from the Korea Coast Guard says the prospects of rescue are good because the ferry is not showing signs of flooding or losing balance despite Sunday's crash.

The official said four coast guard vessels and nearby civilian vessels are approaching the ferry for the rescue operation.

The area is not far from where a ferry sank and killed more than 300 people in 2014, triggering a national outpouring of grief and soul-searching over lax safety standards.

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