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Death toll hits 25 in South Korea ferry mishap

Photo: The Straits Times

Photo: The Straits Times

Photo: The Straits Times

Photo: The Straits Times

JINDO, South Korea: Twenty-five people were confirmed dead, the coastguard said late Thursday, as rescuers battled high waves and recovered more bodies.

But with every hour that passed fears mounted for the 271 still unaccounted for after the multi-deck vessel with 475 on board suddenly listed, capsized and then sank within the space of 90 minutes on Wednesday morning.

Worsening weather fuelled the sombre mood, with persistent rain and choppy seas hindering dive teams already struggling with low visibility and strong currents.

"Honestly, I think the chances of finding anyone alive are close to zero," a coastguard official said on one of the boats at the site.//AFP

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