South Korea ferry disaster: Schoolchild on sinking ship sends text message to father

Family members of missing passengers who were on South Korean ferry Sewol which sank at the sea off Jindo cry as they wait for news of their family from a rescue team, at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014. People are still alive in a capsized Sou
Family members of missing passengers who were on South Korean ferry Sewol which sank at the sea off Jindo cry as they wait for news of their family from a rescue team, at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014. People are still alive in a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the schoolchildren trapped inside the upturned ship told Reuters on Thursday as families headed out to the disaster scene. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JINDO, South Korea (REUTERS) - People are still alive in a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the schoolchildren trapped inside the upturned ship told Reuters on Thursday as families headed out to the disaster scene.

"(The child) told me in the text message, 'I am alive, there are students alive, please save us quickly'," the father said.

A Reuters reporter accompanied families of those on the ferry out to the scene of the accident on Thursday.

South Korea ferry sinking map