At least 2 dead, 14 injured after passenger ferry sinks off South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea - At least two people are dead and 14 injured in a passenger ferry accident off the southern coast of South Korea.

The government says the vessel sent out a distress call when it started sinking Wednesday. South Korean media, including Yonhap news agency, say passengers were asked to jump overboard with life vests as the ship was on the verge of sinking.

The Ministry of Security and Public Administration says about 180 of the 470 people on board were rescued, and 90 percent of the ferry is now under water.

More than 300 of the people on the ferry were high school students.

The Busan Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Administration says in a statement that the ferry was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning.

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