Video of students' final hours filled with chilling pleas

Video of students' final hours filled with chilling pleas

SINGAPORE - A mobile phone video obtained by Korean news website Newstapa captured students in their final hours, as they struggled on board the South Korean ferry that sank on April 16.

More than two weeks after the 6,200-tonne Sewol capsized and sank, 213 people have been confirmed dead but 89 remain unaccounted for.

The New York Times' account of the video contains chilling pleas for help, confusion, attempts to cling to hope and final messages to loved ones.

"Are we going to die?"

"Are we becoming a Titanic?"

The video also contains voices of the crew on the ship's intercom, directing students and other passengers to remain in place and not abandon the sinking ship.

The warnings to not evacuate are repeated again and again as the ferry continues to descend into the sea off South Korea's south-west coast.

Presenting the video, Newstapa's broacaster Choi Seung Ho said: "This is by far the most heartbreaking scene I have seen in my 27-year broadcasting career."

As one of the longer videos comes to an end, a student says, "I am scared."

Other videos show students celebrating as helicopters approach the listing ship.

"This looks like the end," a boy shouts into a smartphone held by his classmate Park Su Hyeon.

Another boy cuts in: "Mum, Dad, I love you."

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