South Korea ferry sinking: Number of people missing rises to more than 300

South Korea Coast Guard members rescuing some of the passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, on April 16, 2014. The South Korean coast guard said on Wednesday more than 300 people were unaccount
South Korea Coast Guard members rescuing some of the passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, on April 16, 2014. The South Korean coast guard said on Wednesday more than 300 people were unaccounted for from a ferry sinking off the south-west coast, a dramatic increase in the number of missing that had been announced earlier. -- PHOTO: AFP/SOUTH KOREA COAST GUARD

SEOUL (REUTERS) - The South Korean coast guard said on Wednesday more than 300 people were unaccounted for from a ferry sinking off the south-west coast, a dramatic increase in the number of missing that had been announced earlier.

The passenger ferry was carrying 477 people, of whom 164 were confirmed rescued, coast guard officials said. Two people were confirmed dead after the ferry listed heavily onto its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions.

South Korea's Ministry of Security and Public Administration had reported that 368 people had been rescued and about 100 were still missing, but later said those numbers had been miscalculated.

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