We continue our special coverage on the ferry that has capsized off Korea's southwestern coast
A major rescue operation continues on this Thursday afternoon, more than 24 hours after a Korean passenger ferry carrying 4-hundred-75 people listed and started to sink.
NINE people have now been confirmed dead, while 2-hundred-87 others remain unaccounted for.
Most on board the Sewol ferry were teenagers, high school students heading to Korea's southern Jeju Island for a field trip.
Let's go straight to Connie Kim who's standing by at an emergency management center that's been **set up to deal with this tragic incident.
Connie what's the latest?
Yes, there were some reports recently that the death toll had risen by three, but the Coast Guard says the death toll has not risen and confirmed that it currently stands at NINE.
The ministry of security and public administration has also confirmed that FIVE FOREIGNERS were on board.
Two Filipinos, both in their forties are confirmed to have been rescued.
The whereabouts of the three other foreign passengers are unknown, including an 18-year-old Russian student and two Chinese nationals of Korean descent in their thirties.
According to a press briefing led by the securities minister this morning, a-hundred-79 people have so far been rescued from the ferry and there hasn't been any news on rescued passengers as of now.
A hundred-and-one of them are currently being treated in eight different hospitals, and five are in critical condition.
Now, there were conflicting numbers yesterday about the total number of people on board the ship, when it went down.and That number has now been fixed at 475.
A lot of confusion here but one thing is for sure the whole nation wants everyone found safe and sound the search-and-rescue efforts do continue.
We are** learning of new details on what may have caused the vessel to sink, right?
It just came out about an hour ago that it's been confirmed by VMS, or vessel monitoring
system, that the ferry made an abrupt shift in the travel course at about 8:48, four minutes before the first report came in,.. and this could have caused it to list.
Due to this, the one-hundred-80 vehicles and one-thousand tons of cargo on board to shift to one side, ultimately leading the ship to capsize very quickly.
This, again, is a provisional finding.
It's important to repeat that, as the investigation into what happened continues.
And there is still a possibility that the ship might have crashed into submerged reefs or rocks.
We will of course continue to monitor the developments in the search-and-rescue efforts, while continuing to hope for the very best in this very difficult time.
Connie Kim, reporting live from the emergency disaster center in Seoul.