A ferry carrying over 450 passengers on its way to Jeju Island sank yesterday. They were only able to save 175 people before everything went under. I don’t know, man. I’ve been seeing this story posted all over and honestly, I tried not to click on them. I finally read up on it and it fucked me up like I knew it would. Cot damn.
Here are the details:
– Survivors say disaster striked during breakfast when they heard a loud bang
– Experts say North Korea involvement highly unlikely, probably reefs and rock
– Most of the passengers were high school students that occupied the game room and cafeteria below the main deck
– 87 boats and 18 aircraft were dispatched
– Seven confirmed dead
– President Park Geun Hye continuing search for “…even one passenger.”
Sigh. The trapped students were able to send messages out as it was all happening.
Heartbreakingly, some of the kids stuck inside were able to text their parents. CNN reports that one boy wrote his mother to say, “I love you.” She responded, “I love you, too. Why are you saying that?” but did not hear back. A girl sent a message saying, “Dad, I can’t get out, the ship is slanted too much.” When her father urged her to get out, she replied, “I can’t get out, there are no children in the corridors. I can’t get out.”
“Mom, I’m sending you this now because I am afraid I might not be able to say it later. I love you,” wrote one high school student in a text translated by Duk Han Lee of CBCNews.ca. That student was reportedly rescued.
Another student messaged members of his theater club, saying, “Looks like we are really gonna die.”
“If I’ve wronged any of you, forgive me. Love you guys,” wrote the student, whose fate is unknown.
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