Heart-wrenching video shows last moments aboard sinking South Korean ferry
"Am I really going to die?"
Those words spoken by a teenager aboard a sinking South Korean ferry were caught on a cellphone video filmed by another student and released Thursday by the boy's father.
The student asks the question at 8:53 a.m. on April 16. Two minutes later, the crew members made the ferry's first distress call.
Park Jong-dae gave the video to some media outlets in South Korea along with The Associated Press because he wanted to show the world what happened in those last few moments. The video was shot by his son, 17-year-old Park Su-hyeon, one of the 302 passengers listed as dead or presumed dead.
The video shows the teenagers giggling nervously when the ferry begins to tilt. The students wonder if they will be on the news and discuss how they are going to post the experience to Facebook.
Several times they are told by the cabin crew on loudspeakers to remain where they are. There is a 30 minute wait before Capt. Lee Joon-seok orders an evacuation, according to The Associated Press.
Most of the dead were high school students and teachers on a field trip from the Danwon High School on the outskirts of Seoul.
Divers are still recovering bodies.
The captain and some crew members have been detained as the investigation continues. Reuters reports crew members told police they received no formal training for what to do in an emergency.
This week, President Park Geun-hye apologized to the families of the victims and pledged to revamp safety regulations.
As the students are handed life jackets in the video, some offer last words to family. The Associated Press reports some warn siblings not to take school trips.
"We're all finished. I have to leave some farewell words before I die," one student says.
Another student simply says, "Mom, I love you."