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South Korean ferry rescue continues

Rescue teams continue to search for missing passengers of a sunken ferry off the coast of a South Korean island. Almost fifty people have been confirmed dead, and more than 250 people are still missing – most of them high school students on a holiday trip. Family members have gathered in Jindo-gun to await further news, but have criticised the pace of the rescue operation.

South Korean ferry rescue continues
In this handout from the U.S. Navy, an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the East China Sea, commencing search and rescue operations on April 18, 2014. Sailors and Marines aboard Bonhomme Richard are conducting search and rescue operations as requested by the Republic of Korea navy near the scene of the sunken ferry Sewol in the vicinity of the island of Jindo. (U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
South Korean ferry rescue continues
A relative weeps as she waits for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo port on April 18, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least twenty eight people are reported dead, with 268 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. (Getty Images)
South Korean ferry rescue continues
Relatives wait for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo gymnasium on April 18, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least twenty eight people are reported dead, with 268 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. (Getty Images)
South Korean ferry rescue continues
South Korean rescue teams work near to the buoys installed to mark the position of the sunken ferry on April 18, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least twenty eight people are reported dead, with 268 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was transporting about 475 passengers, including students and teachers, travelling to Jeju Island. (Getty Images)
South Korean ferry rescue continues
South Korean Navy rescue teams work near to the buoys installed to mark the position of the sunken ferry on April 18, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least twenty eight people are reported dead, with 268 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was transporting about 475 passengers, including students and teachers, travelling to Jeju Island. (Getty Images)
South Korean ferry rescue continues
South Korean Navy rescue teams search for missing passengers at the site of the sunken ferry off the Coast of Jindo Island on April 18, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least twenty eight people are reported dead, with 268 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was transporting about 475 passengers, including students and teachers, travelling to Jeju Island. (Getty Images)
South Korean ferry rescue continues
A giant offshore crane arrives near to the buoys installed to mark the postion of the sunken ferry at the site of the ferry off the Coast of Jindo Island on April 18, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least twenty eight people are reported dead, with 268 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was transporting about 475 passengers, including students and teachers, travelling to Jeju Island. (Getty Images)
South Korean ferry rescue continues
Relatives weep as they wait for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo port on April 18, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least twenty five people are reported dead, with 290 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. (Getty Images)
South Korean ferry rescue continues
A South Korean monk performs during the Buddhist ceremony for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo port on April 18, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least twenty five people are reported dead, with 290 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. (Getty Images)