Search in ferry disaster hampered by currents, bad visibility ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images Coatguard boats and search teams took part in recovery operations at the site of Sewol ferry off the coast of the South Korean island of Jindo. ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images Flares lit up the sea for search and rescue teams. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS Messages wishing for the safe return of missing passengers were seen at Incheon Port Passenger Terminal. KIMIMASA MAYAMA/EPA South Korean Navy members worked to prepare a salvage lifting air bag at the site of a ferry sinking. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS A family member of missing passengers who were on the Sewol ferry looked toward the site of the incident. Yonhap/AP South Korean rescue team members searched for passengers aboard a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast. YONHAP/AFP/Getty Images South Korean President Park Geun-Hye spoke to relatives of missing passengers. YANG JI-WOONG/EPA Family and schoolmates of missing passengers grieved during a gathering. YONHAP/AFP/Getty Images South Korean coast guard officers tried to rescue passengers. AP/Yonhap Passengers jumped out or were winched up by helicopters. AP/South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap Nearly 300 people are missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue. SOUTH KOREA COAST GUARD/AFP/Getty Images Some 12 miles off the island of Byungpoong, South Korea Coast Guard members were rescuing some of the passengers and crew aboard. AP/Yonhap The ship, Sewol, is shown listing to its side and slowly sinking. AP/South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap The ferry was carrying 459 people, most of them high school students. EPA/YONHAP At least 87 vessels and 18 aircraft swarmed around the stricken ship. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Relatives of missing people waited at a Jindo port. KIM HONG-JI/REUTERS Lighting flares were released for a night search. Ahn Young-joon/AP Relatives of passengers looked toward the sea.