OFF SOUTH KOREAN COAST (NBC/RTV) — Dramatic amateur mobile phone video has emerged in South Korea showing passengers sitting on deck of that ferry as it sank on Wednesday.
In one video, an announcement can be heard telling passengers to stay put. A voice tells passengers, “Don’t move because it’s more dangerous if you move.”
The video shows passengers staying where they are, rather than evacuating the already-listing ferry.
Witnesses said the announcement may have cost some 300 people their lives.
The video has emerged as rescuers have struggled with strong waves and dark waters as they search for hundreds of people, most of them high-schoolers from the same school.
The ferry was carrying 475 passengers and crew on its way to a resort island off the South Korean coast when it sank.
Some 20 people are confirmed dead and 179 have been rescued, leaving more than 280 unaccounted for and possibly trapped within the ferry.