As students trapped inside a sinking ferry off the southwest coast of South Korea waited to be rescued, some with mobile phones messaged friends and loved ones. Eighteen people, including a female crew member, at least five students and two teachers, were confirmed dead by South Korean coast guard officials Thursday night. But the toll was expected to jump amid fears that more than 280 missing passengers — many high school students — were dead.
Many of the heartrending messages, some of which professed love and appreciation to parents, others asking for forgiveness, were sent while students waited to be rescued.
Dad, don't worry, I've got a life vest on
We are not dead yet
Captain apologizes, may face charges
Keep calm, don't panic
Video from inside the sinking ferry
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