SEOUL — Police said today that 44 bodies were recovered and more than 100 others were presumed dead in Sunday's capsizing of a ferry off South Korea's west coast.
Reports of survivors varied from 67 to 94, as did the reported number of people on the ferry.
"The ship sank in less than 30 seconds," said Lee Sang Mun, who broke a window to escape his second-floor cabin. "There were many women and young people in my cabin, and few came out."
Television reports quoted survivors as saying most of the passengers were inside the cabins because of the bad weather and were trapped when the ferry capsized.
Most of the survivors had been on the upper decks and jumped or were thrown into the water before the ship went down, survivors said.