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Video Shows Students Joking Before Ferry Sank
A video from the mobile phone of one of the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster has revealed students were joking about "becoming the Titanic" before the ship sank.
It shows students struggling to put on life jackets as the Sewol begins to list sharply and a member of the crew tells people "not to move" over the loudspeaker.
The footage was captured by 17-year-old Park Su-Hyeon, whose father Park Jong-Dae released it to the Associated Press news agency.
In it, an unidentified member of the crew says: "Do not move from your current location. And be prepared for a dangerous situation."
One of the students says: "Nonsense. I want to get off. I mean it."
Another adds: "These are the pictures we need to take as our last memories. Take a photo like this.
"Like a man against gravity."
The footage also shows some students not taking the situation seriously, as some sing the theme song of the film Titanic.
But others are beginning to panic as they try to put on life jackets and the vessel leans to one side.
One person said: "This is like Titanic."
And another adds: "Please if only I could live. Mom, Dad, I love you."
It comes after a body was recovered some distance away from the submerged vessel, sparking fears that many of those still missing will never be found.
Some 213 bodies have so far been recovered from the sunken ferry, with another 89 unaccounted for. The majority of the victims were students from one school in Ansan, south of Seoul.
A fishing boat pulled a body from the sea more than a mile away from the main recovery site near the island of Jindo.
Recovery teams put a ring of netting around the site several days ago, but there are concerns powerful currents may have pulled bodies into the open sea.
The Sewol capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. The ship's captain Lee Joon-Seok and 14 of his crew have been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.
Investigators have said a sudden sharp turn may have caused cargo on board the vessel to shift, making it list to one side before it capsized.
Prosecutors are also examining whether the ferry had stability issues caused by too much cargo being on board.
Lee has said he delayed evacuating the ferry because he was worried about passengers getting into cold water with strong currents before rescue ships were in the area.