SEOUL- A cellphone video of students aboard a South Korean ferry minutes before it capsized and sank shows them laughing and joking about the Titanic as the Sewol began to list.
The initially light-hearted exchanges are rendered all the more poignant by the fact that the video was taken by a 17-year-old student whose body was later recovered from the submerged ferry, along with his cellphone.
“Hey, rescue me,” jokes one male student, while another suggests the video would be “fun to put on Facebook” later.
“It’s getting like the Titanic,” says another as the 6,825-tonne Sewol begins to list further to one side.
The in-built-timer shows the student, Park Su-Hyeon, began recording at 8:52am on April 16, several minutes before the Sewol crew sent out the first distress signal.
Eleven minutes later, the students are still in a jovial mood, with one joking that it might be time to “leave my last words,” and others debating whether the incident might get on the news.
The footage was released to the South Korean media by Park’s father, with the footage pixillated to hide the identities of the students.
Throughout, a loudspeaker can be heard telling passengers to remain where they are.