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Hope fades for missing hundreds

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JINDO, South Korea - Rescuers and dive teams worked frantically Thursday morning under floodlights as fears rose for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank the previous day with 475 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. 

Divers search the Sewol, a 6,800-tonne passenger ship owned by Chonghaejin Marine Co, 20 kilometres off the coast of Jindo, South Korea.

The passengers included 375 students from a high school in Ansan, a town just south of Seoul. They were travelling with 14 of their teachers to the popular island resort of Jeju, Yonhap said.

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