From VOA Learning English, this is In the News.
Almost 270 people are still missing from a boat that sank off the southern coast of South Korea. Most of the missing are high school students.
The South Korean ferry Sewol was carrying about 475 passengers. It sank Wednesday morning near the island of Jindo. More than 25 people are confirmed dead. Rescuers have saved more than 175 people. But hopes of finding more survivors are decreasing.
Some of the passengers jumped in the water and were rescued by ships. Rescue teams and helicopters pulled others from the boat.
Student Kim Tae-yuon survived. He said, "I held a handrail and moved toward the right side of the ferry to ride a helicopter as water kept coming in."
Another survivor, Cha Eun-ok, described the situation on the boat, "I was keeping still without making any movement. There was an announcement that we should not move."