All 338 South Korean students, teachers rescued from sinking ferry: School official

This undated picture released by the Mokpo Coast Guard Station on April 16, 2014 shows the 6,825-ton vessel Sewol that was at the centre of a rescue operation after it sent a distress signal. -- PHOTO: AFP
This undated picture released by the Mokpo Coast Guard Station on April 16, 2014 shows the 6,825-ton vessel Sewol that was at the centre of a rescue operation after it sent a distress signal. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (Reuters) - All 338 high-school students and teachers on board a South Korean passenger ferry that was reported to be sinking on Wednesday have been rescued, a school official told Reuters.

The ferry, identified as the Sewol, was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, en route to Jeju island, about 100km south of the Korean Peninsula.

It sent a distress signal after it began to list badly.

South Korea ferry sinking map