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Amid powerful winds, pelting rain and strong waves South Korea's president viewed the stricken ferry, submerged off the coast of Jeju Island. At least nine people are confirmed to have died and dozens have been injured since this ferry sank on Wednesday. Around 290 people are still missing, many of them teenagers, who were on a school trip. Park Geun-hye met distressed parents, telling them that every minute and every second was critical, and urging rescuers to hurry. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT PARK GEUN-HYE SAYING: "This wasn't supposed to happen, but it happened. I will order to make a cursory investigation and find out the cause (of the sinking) so that we can severely punish those in responsibility." It is not yet clear what caused the ship to list at a severe angle and flip over. But the role of the captain of the ship is being questioned after many survivors said he was one of the first to be rescued although no one had actually seen him leave the ship. He faces a criminal investigation. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN CAPTAIN LEE JOON-SEOK SAYING: REPORTER ASKING: "IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO FAMILIES OF THOSE MISSING?" "I am so sorry and I am shamed. I'm at a loss for words." Distraught relatives gathered at their children's high school in Ansan, waiting for news. They vented their grief and frustration at anyone who would listen, insisting more should be done. But they know that time is running out to find any survivors trapped inside.
April 17 - South Korean President Park Geun-hye visits the site where a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast. Sarah Toms reports. ( Transcript )
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