More than 300 people missing after South Korea ferry sinks

In this handout image provided by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard, passengers are rescued by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard from a ferry sinking off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea.
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In this handout image provided by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard, passengers are rescued by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard from a ferry sinking off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea.

The South Korean coast guard said on Wednesday more than 300 people were unaccounted for missing from a ferry sinking off the southwest coast, a dramatic increase in the number of missing that had been announced earlier.

The passenger ferry was carrying 477 people, of whom 164 were confirmed rescued, coast guard officials said. Two people were confirmed dead after the ferry listed heavily onto its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions.

South Korea's Ministry of Security and Public Administration had reported that 368 people had been rescued and about 100 were still missing but later said those numbers had been miscalculated.

In this handout image provided by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard, rescue work by members of the Republic of Korea Coast Guard continues around the ferry sinking off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea.
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In this handout image provided by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard, rescue work by members of the Republic of Korea Coast Guard continues around the ferry sinking off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea.