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Rescue efforts continue off coast of South Korea

SOUTH KOREA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The massive search and rescue efforts continue off the coast of South Korea.

At least nine people are confirmed dead, at least another 55 are injured and close to 300 remain missing after a ferry sank.

The boat was carrying close to 500 people, mostly high school students on their way to a tourist island.

Officials fear the death toll could skyrocket because it's believed many people are trapped inside.