A South Korean government spokesman told reporters this morning that there had been 459 people on board the ferry that capsized and this includes 325 students, 15 teachers, 89 other passengers and a crew of 30. Of the total of 293 people declared missing were mostly students who were on a high school trip.
So far 164 people have been rescued, three confirmed dead, while hundreds are still unaccounted for. One rescued passenger told The Associated Press he believed that many people had been trapped inside the ship when it sank. The ferry had been traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju when it sank just three hours from it's destination. The distress call was made around 8p.m last night, 11 hours into the trip.