South Korea is dispatching helicopters and coast guard vessels to rescue approximately 470 passengers from a ferry sinking off its southern coast, The Guardian reports.
“The ship is taking in water and sinking,” a coastguard spokesman told AFP. “We have coast guard vessels, commercial ships in the area, as well as helicopters all engaged in the rescue operation.”
The coast guard official, speaking from Mokpo city on the southwest coast, said a rescue operation had been launched but could provide no further details. YTN television said 100 passengers had already been rescued.
The ferry, which also carries cars and trucks, has a capacity of about 900 people.
The ferry sent a distress signal from about 12 miles off the island of Byungpoong, BBC reported.
This is a developing story, and will be updated as we learn more.
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