SEOUL, April 16, 2014 (BSS/AFP) - South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast.
Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul that he could only
confirm the rescue of 161 people so far.
However, he added that commercial ships involved in the operation were understood to have rescued a significant number of people.
"The ferry is almost completely submerged," Lee said, adding that a detachment of South Korean Navy SEALS were taking part in the rescue.
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