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Jindo, South Korea (CNN) - It began as a routine ocean passage on calm seas. Passengers bound for a resort island were just stirring, some eating breakfast. Suddenly, the ferry began to list. At some point, a loud bang shook the ship.
Suddenly, hundreds of people aboard the ferry Sewol - many of them teenagers - faced a terrifying choice: obey commands barked over loudspeakers to stay in place as the ship rolled and started to sink around them, or don life vests and jump into the chilly ocean water miles from the South Korean coast.