to South Korean television by the Park Su-hyeon’s father, Park
Jong-dae. Park Su-hyeon’s body was recovered from the vessel by South
Korean coast guard rescuers.
The group of teens in the video alternates between bluster, attempts at humor and unmistakable fear.
one can be seen wearing a life jacket at the beginning of the video
clips, which start at 8:52 a.m. and end, with a small break between
them, at 9:09, when everyone appears to be wearing them.
As the ferry lists, they joke about “final commemorative pictures” and “defying gravity” by trying to walk on the walls.
footage shows the students expressing fears about the ship’s fate as
other students appear to be unaware of the seriousness of the events
unfolding. One student can be heard saying “This is fun” and another
says “This is like Titanic.”
The ferry then starts to list and shake. One of the boys can be heard saying: “I want to get off. We don’t want to die.”
Airing the footage television producer Choi Seung-ho
described it as “by far the most heartbreaking scene I have seen in my
27-year broadcasting career.”
Several times the students are
warned over the loudspeaker to stay where they are, even as the tilting
increases and it becomes less possible for them to flee.
“I’m really scared,” a student says at one point.
“Is it really sinking?” another asks. “Wow, they’re giving us life vests.”
“I’m getting out of here,” one says. “Me too, me too,” says another.
A student says: “We have to survive now.”
“We’re all finished. I have to leave some farewell words before I die,” says another.
“Mom, I love you,” says one.