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S Korean ferry carrying 462 sinks

More than 280 missing after it capsized en route to Jeju island

To the rescue: Part of the South Korean passenger ship 'Sewol' is seen as South Korean maritime policemen search for passengers in the sea off Jindo. Most of its passengers were students and teachers. - PHOTO: REUTERS

[SEOUL] More than 280 people were missing after a ferry sank off South Korea, the coastguard said yesterday, with a three-fold increase in the number of passengers unaccounted for put down to a miscalculation by officials. The ferry was carrying 462 people, of whom 174 were confirmed rescued,