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South Korea ship with 350 passengers sends distress signal, many students on board

Published on Apr 16, 2014 8:50 AM

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's coast guard has received a distress signal from a passenger ship with about 350 people on board off the south-west coast, an official said on Wednesday, with the Korean media reporting the vessel was sinking.

Korean television news reports also said many of the passengers on board were students on the way to Jeju island on school trips. Those reports could not be confirmed immediately by the coast guard.

South Korea ferry sinking map