Tragedy struck the Yellow Sea on Wednesday, April 16 when a ferry carrying hundreds of Ansan Danwon High School students sunk. Even after the boat began to submerge, the ferry staff asked the hundreds of passengers to stay in their rooms — which left them trapped once the large boat capsized. Now, hundreds of teenagers are still missing as rescue teams race against time to save as many survivors as possible.
On April 15, more than 300 high school students from South Korea boarded a ferry for Jeju Island. Less than 24 hours later, the ship began to sink with no explanation. Now, most of those high school students are still missing as the ship remains capsized underneath the Yellow Sea.
South Korea Ferry Disaster: High School Students Missing
An unspeakable tragedy has occurred in the Yellow Sea, and with very little explanation.
Early Wednesday morning, April 16, a ferry carrying over 300 students from Ansan Danwon High School in South Korea tilted without warning. The boat continued to tilt until water started rushing on board, at which point passengers began to scramble.
One survivor recalls the scene, stating that ferry staff members were making announcements demanding that passengers remained where they were because any movement could make the situation worse. Because of this, many passengers were trapped in their rooms once the ferry began to capsize.
Since the ship began sinking, at least 164 have been rescued and six were confirmed dead.
Survivor Recall Feeling ‘Tremors’ Before Sinking
As soon as they were rescued, survivors began telling the story of what happened onboard before the ferry began sinking.
Lim Hyung Min recalls feeling very strong tremors that sent students falling all over each other.
“The students were falling over and crashing into things and bleeding,” Lim explained, recalling what happened just moments before the ship tilted into a 90 degree angle.
Because of the announcement airing of the loudspeaker, Lim stayed in his room until rescuers broke down the door and handed him a life vest. Lim recalled passing at least 30 other trapped students before he was instructed to jump directly into the ‘unbearably cold’ ocean.
Hopefully, the students that have yet to be recovered will be rescued before it is too late.
— Lauren Cox