Liberal Studies: Hundreds feared dead in ferry disaster off South Korea
Discuss these questions with your classmates:
Have you ever been on a cruise ship?
Would you know what to do if your yacht, sailboat or cruise ship went down?
Where is South Korea?
Have you ever been to South Korea?
Match the words from the article on the left with their synonyms on the right:
Missing | Stuck |
Trapped | Save |
Rescue | Close |
Survivors | Explanation |
Leaning | Tilting |
Nearby | Stayers |
Account | Lost |
Match the words with the meaning:
Word | Meaning |
Capsize | The action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another. |
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Survivors reported being told to stay where they were via the speaker system when the ship began to sink. But those who stayed put found themselves trapped as the ferry went down.
A senior rescue team official said: "I’m afraid there’s little chance for those trapped inside still to be alive."
Almost 100 navy ships and 18 helicopters raced to the scene 12 miles off the southwest coast of South Korea and rescued around 180 people.
One passenger said he believed that many people had been trapped inside the ferry when it sank.
The ferry sent a distress call at about 9am local time (1am GST) after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration.
Many of those on-board were students
The government said about 95 per cent of the ferry, whose passengers included 325 high school students on a school trip to popular tourist island Jeju, was submerged.
Hundreds of people still unaccounted for
One student, Lim Hyung-min, said he and other students jumped into the ocean wearing life jackets and then swam to a nearby rescue boat.
He added: “As the ferry was shaking and tilting, we all tripped and bumped into each other and some people were bleeding. When I jumped,...