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A South Korean ferry capsized off Jindo island, off the southwest corner of the Korean peninsula, on April 16 in what could be the country's worst maritime accident in two decades.

The ferry had around 475 passengers on board, according to Reuters, 340 of which were reportedly students and teachers from the Danwon High School in the city of Ansan, just south of Seoul. The ship was headed to the resort island of Jeju for a school field trip.

While rescue efforts are still underway, about 25 people have been confirmed dead and 271 are still missing.

—By CNBC's Nyshka Chandran. Updated April 18 2013.

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