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April 22nd, 2014
05:51 PM ET

First distress call on S. Korean ferry from passenger, not crew, coast guard says

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Jindo, South Korea (CNN) - The first distress call from the ferry Sewol came not from the crew, but from a boy who used a cell phone to contact emergency services from aboard the sinking ship, the South Korean coast guard confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

CNN affiliate JTBC reported that the boy dialed South Korea's emergency number, telling dispatchers for a local fire service, "Help us. The boat is sinking." The boy's fate was not clear.

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