Written by Staff Writer
17 Apr, 2014 | 9:45 am
This is the heartbreaking text message a student on-board the sinking South Korea ferry sent to his mum as he feared for his life.
The huge ferry carrying 475 passengers and 150 vehicles capsized and sunk off the coast of South Korea.
Seven people have now been confirmed dead with many still missing – including many high school students.
One of them onboard the ship – who clearly thought he would not survive – sent this text message to his mum.
It read: “Mum, I am sending you this now because I am afraid I will not be able to say it later. I love you.”
His mum, unaware of the danger her son was in, replied: “Why? I was wondering why you weren’t checking the messenger. Me too, son. I love you.”
As reported by CBC News, there are reports that the student was later rescued from the stricken vessel.
The ferry, identified as the Sewol, sunk off the southwest coast and the fatalities are believed to include two male high school students, and one female crew member.
The ferry was carrying passengers en route to Jeju island, about 100 km (60 miles) south of the Korean peninsula, when it began to list badly and sent out a distress signal.
There was a loud impact and noise before the ferry started sinking, a passenger who had been rescued from the vessel told YTN news television.
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