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Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

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JINDO - A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously. 

 "If this ferry evacuates passengers, will they be rescued right away?" a crew member on the ferry Sewol asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Centre (VTS) at 9.24am Wednesday, about a half-hour after the ship began listing. That followed several statements from the ship saying it was impossible for people aboard the ship to even move, and another in which it said it was "impossible to broadcast" instructions.

"Even if it's impossible to broadcast, please go out and let the passengers wear life jackets and put on more clothing," an unidentified VTS official urged just before the Sewol asked about the prospects for rescue.

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