|Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
MOKPO, South Korea — Fears rose Thursday for the fate of 289 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.
A coast guard official said the death toll was now confirmed at seven, but that is expected to rise sharply because the missing have now spent more than a day either trapped in the ferry or in the cold seawater.
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