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Jindo (South Korea)
South Korean coastguards and navy divers
resumed their search today for nearly 280 people
still missing after a ferry capsized in what could
be the country's worst maritime disaster in over
ey will also be seeking answers to many
unanswered questions surrounding yesterday's
accident, notably what caused the vessel Sewol
to list and then ip over entirely, leaving only a
small section of its hull above water.
Rescue e orts today could be be hampered
by di cult weather conditions, however, amid
forecasts of rain, strong winds and fog.
Of 462 passengers on board the ferry when it
set sail from the port of Incheon late on Tuesday,
179 have been rescued and six people are known
to have died.
Nearly 340 of the passengers were teenagers
and teachers from the same school near the
capital Seoul on a eld trip to Jeju island, about
100km south of the Korean peninsula.
Parents of missing children faced an agonising
wait for news as they gathered in Jindo, a town
close to where ferry capsized.
"My tears have dried up," said one mother,
who did not give her name. "I am holding
on to hope. I hope the government does
everything to bring these kids back to their
At the dockside in Jindo, women sat and
stared out at the black, calm sea before them,
It was not immediately clear why the Sewol
ferry had listed heavily on to its side and
capsized in apparently calm waters o South
Korea's south-west coast, but some survivors
spoke of a loud noise prior to the disaster.
A member of the crew of a local government
ship involved in the rescue, who said he had
spoken to members of the sunken ferry's crew,
described the area as free of reefs or rocks and
said the cause was likely to be some sort of
malfunction on the vessel.
ere were reports of the ferry having veered
o its course, but co-ordinates of the site of the
accident provided by port authorities indicated
it was not far o the regular shipping lane.
e ferry sent a distress signal early yesterday,
the coastguard said, triggering a rescue
operation that involved almost 100 coastguard
and navy vessels and shing boats, as well as 18
A United States Navy ship was at the scene to
help, the US Seventh Fleet said, adding it was
ready to o er more assistance.
According to a coastguard o cial in Jindo,
the waters where the ferry capsized have some
of the strongest tides of any o South Korea's
coast, meaning divers were prevented from
entering the mostly submerged ship for several
Adding to the sense of confusion, the Ministry
of Security and Public Administration initially
reported that 368 people had been rescued and
that about 100 were missing.
But it later described those gures as a
miscalculation, turning what had at rst
appeared to be a largely successful rescue
operation into potentially a major disaster.
e ship had a capacity of about 900 people,
an overall length of 146m and weighed 6586
gross tonnes. Shipping records show it was built
in Japan in 1994.
According to public shipping databases, the
registered owner of the ship is Chonghaejin
Marine Co Ltd, based in Incheon. Reuters was
unable to reach the company.
Earlier, company o cials o ered an apology
over the accident but declined to comment
e databases showed that Chonghaejin
Marine Co Ltd became the owner of the vessel
in October, 2012. --- Reuters
e bow of the sinking South Korean passenger ferry Sewol is seen as South Korean
maritime policemen search for passengers in the sea o Jindo.
A 12-year-old schoolgirl and her
13-year-old boyfriend are believed
to have become Britain's youngest
She became pregnant at the age of 11
and gave birth to a girl weighing 7lb 4oz
(3.28kg) on Sunday.
Being 12 years and three months
old makes her ve months younger
than the previous youngest mother,
Tressa Middleton, who gave birth in
Edinburgh in 2006, according to e
" e baby's mum and dad have been
in a relationship for more than a year,
so this isn't a eeting romance. ey
intend to stick together and bring their
daughter up together," a source told the
" ey're very into each other, totally
in love. She's in Year Seven, he's in Year
Nine at a di erent school."
April Webster and Nathan Fishbourne,
the previous youngest parents, were
14 when their son Jamie was born in
Caerphilly, south Wales, in 2010.
e new mother was 10 when she
met her boyfriend. e pair, from north
London, cannot be named for legal
reasons. e schoolgirl lives with her
mother, who is 27, and is supportive of
the couple. --- PA
mum at 12
e Nigerian schoolgirls
kidnapped by Boko Haram have
been taken to a stronghold of
the Islamist group, parents say,
as security forces press on with a
search to nd the hostages.
e mass abduction of more
than 100 girls by gunmen in the
northeastern state of Borno late
on Monday came just hours after
a bomb ripped through a packed
bus station on the outskirts of
Abuja, killing 75 people.
e bombing was also blamed
on Boko Haram, a group whose
ve-year extremist uprising has
shaken Africa's most populous
country and top economy.
ree girls who escaped and
returned to Borno's Chibok area
briefed locals about the attack at
the home of the area's tribal chief
overnight, Lawal Zanna, whose
daughter was among those
" e girls told us they were
taken to the Konduga district
part of Sambisa forest by their
captors," Zanna said, referring
to an area where Boko Haram
is known to have well-forti ed
His account was supported
by two other Chibok residents
who asked that their names be
e girls said they ran after
getting permission from the
gunmen to use the bathroom
and were helped back to Chibok
by nomadic herdsmen from the
Fulani ethnic group.
"My daughter is not among
the three lucky girls but their
escape and the news on the
whereabout of the other girls
has given me more hope,"
Zanna told AFP.
e gunmen stormed the
Government Girls' Secondary
School after sundown, torching
several buildings before opening
re on security forces guarding
Boko Haram, whose name
means "Western education
is forbidden", has repeatedly
attacked schools and universities
in an insurgency which has
killed thousands of people since
Intensifying violence in the
group's north-eastern base has
forced school closures across the
region, including at Chibok, but
the girls were reportedly told to
return this week to write end-of-
"Our security services are
on a manhunt for the girls,"
Information Minister Labaran
Maku told journalists in Abuja.
Senator Ali Ndume, who
represents the region, said the
pursuit included soldiers backed
by members of a local vigilante
force which formed last year to
help ght Boko Haram.
" ey are now combing the
forest to rescue the schoolgirls,"
" ey are being aided by
surveillance helicopters," he
said, but noted the di culty
of the search in a vast forest
that extends to neighbouring
Cameroon. --- AFP
Hunt on for kidnapped girls
Riot police have dragged away some
350 squatter families from abandoned
o ces in Rome amid violent clashes
which are the latest to come in a rising
tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by
the economic crisis.
Several people were injured overnight
as police used truncheons to break
through a large group of protesters
outside the building, where squatters had
barricaded themselves in.
An AFP photographer saw between
100 and 150 o cers then entering
the building --- a former State-owned
insurance agency --- and escorting
the residents out, nine days after the
e families were loaded into around
10 waiting police vans in the area south
of the city centre, which was entirely
closed o to tra c for the operation.
" ey clubbed us wildly, it was
brutal," Cristiano Armati, a member of
the Co-ordinamento association which
had helped occupy the building, said by
telephone from hospital.
"It doesn't end here though. e ght
for housing rights will go on," Armati,
who was being treated for a broken
elbow and cuts to the head, said.
e number of evictions in the capital
is on the rise as families struggle to pay
rent amid record-high unemployment.
e council carried out 3346
evictions in the rst six months of 2013
--- a 10% increase from the rst six
months of 2012, according to the latest
A steady increase since 2008 "shows
just how grave the impact of the
economic crisis has been, dragging ever
greater swaths of the population into
the emergency housing phenomenon," a
council o cial said.
e government last month launched
a new housing plan that promised to
double rent subsidies for low earners to
200 million euros ($320.39 million) for
2014 and 2015, but it also cracked down
on squatters' rights.
Critics say the subsidies are not enough
and insist the government should do
more to free up empty properties.
No one was to know it at the time but when
the ocean liner Fairsea docked in Sydney
in 1958, aboard were some passengers who
were destined to become Australian musical
Fairsea passenger lists show the Gibb family,
including future Bee Gees Barry, Maurice and
Robin, travelled third class from Southampton
to make a new life in Australia.
Also aboard was Red Symons, future lead
guitarist of Skyhooks.
ey and some million others were referred
to as "£10 Poms", the wave of Britons who
emigrated to Australia in the 1950s and 1960s
for the princely sum of £10. ey included the
parents of Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman and
Julia Gillard. eir names are on what's termed
the "Fremantle Passenger Lists" of three and a
half million immigrants in the period 1897 to
ese records are held by the National
Archives of Australia but will now be available
free through the genealogical website ancestry.
Ancestry.com.au content director Ben Mercer
said these lists captured a crucial point in the
story of many Australians.
"Fremantle in Western Australia was the
rst point where many immigrants stopped o
before embarking on their new life in Australia,"
he said in a statement. --- AAP
'£10 Pom' arrival lists go on-line
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