South Korean authorities have confirmed the death of a ninth victim from early Thursday's sinking of a ferry with 475 passengers aboard, most of them high school students.
The death toll is expected to far exceed nine because at least 287 passengers are missing more than 24 hours after the vessel flipped on its side and took on water. Dozens were injured.
More than 400 rescuers searched nearby waters overnight and into Thursday morning. Poor visibility and strong currents are hampering the effort. The coast guard says currents have prevented drivers from getting into the wreckage.