A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students, sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing.
At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.
The Sewol had set sail from Incheon on Tuesday night for an overnight journey to the tourist island of Jeju.
The high number of people unaccounted for raised fears that the death toll could rise drastically.
Over 160 people were rescued, including the 55 injured, and 292 people were still missing yesterday.
Over 80 vessels and 18 aircraft swarmed around the stricken ship as rescue efforts began.
But the ship overturned completely and continued to sink. Within a few hours only its bow stuck out of the water.
Around 160 coastguard and navy divers were searching for survivors inside the ship's wreckage.
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