First distress call from sinking South Korean ferry was from ‘boy with a shaking voice’

Searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea

A boy with a shaking voice made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry, three minutes after the vessel made its final turn, it has been revealed.

The boy was put through to the fire service after calling the emergency 119 number, before being forwarded to the coastguard two minutes later.

His call was followed by about 20 others from children on board the ship, a fire service officer has told Reuters…