Heartbreaking video shows teens on sinking ferry

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In this April 16, 2014 photo taken with a mobile phone by deceased South Korean high school student Park Su-hyeon and released by his father Park Jong-dae, students are shown inside the sinking ferry Sewol on waters near Jindo, South Korea. Soon after the ferry begins to tilt, nervous laughter can be heard from the high school students huddled below deck. In video clips from the cellphone of Park Su-hyeon, a victim of the disaster that has shaken South Korea, the teenagers talk of taking selfies, wonder if they’ll make the news and discuss posting about the excitement later on Facebook. (AP Photo/Park Su-hyeon courtesy of the Park Family)

In this April 16, 2014 photo taken with a mobile phone by deceased South Korean high school student Park Su-hyeon and released by his father Park Jong-dae, students are shown inside the sinking ferry Sewol on waters near Jindo, South Korea. Soon after the ferry begins to tilt, nervous laughter can be heard from the high school students huddled below deck. In video clips from the cellphone of Park Su-hyeon, a victim of the disaster that has shaken South Korea, the teenagers talk of taking selfies, wonder if they’ll make the news and discuss posting about the excitement later on Facebook. (AP Photo/Park Su-hyeon courtesy of the Park Family)

In this April 16, 2014 photo taken from the mobile phone of deceased South Korean high school student Park Su-hyeon and released by his father Park Jong-dae, students are shown inside the sinking ferry Sewol on waters near Jindo, South Korea. Soon after the ferry begins to tilt, nervous laughter can be heard from the high school students huddled below deck. In video clips from the cellphone of Park Su-hyeon, a victim of the disaster that has shaken South Korea, the teenagers talk of taking selfies, wonder if they’ll make the news and discuss posting about the excitement later on Facebook. (AP Photo/Park Su-hyeon courtesy of the Park Family)

In this April 16, 2014 photo taken from the mobile phone of deceased South Korean high school student Park Su-hyeon and released by his father Park Jong-dae, a student lies down inside the sinking ferry Sewol on waters near Jindo, South Korea. Soon after the ferry begins to tilt, nervous laughter can be heard from the high school students huddled below deck. In video clips from the cellphone of Park Su-hyeon, a victim of a disaster that has shaken South Korea, the teenagers talk of taking selfies, wonder if they’ll make the news and discuss posting about the excitement later on Facebook. (AP Photo/Park Su-hyeon courtesy of the Park Family)

Workers weep during a May Day rally to pay tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 1, 2014. An off-duty captain of the sunken South Korean ferry has told investigators that the owners ignored his warning that the ship shouldn’t carry too much cargo because it wasn’t very stable, a prosecutor said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

A woman ties a yellow ribbon after paying tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol as yellow ribbons are displayed as a sign of hope for the safe return of missing passengers at a group memorial altar in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, May 1, 2014. An off-duty captain of the sunken South Korean ferry has told investigators that the owners ignored his warning that the ship shouldn’t carry too much cargo because it wasn’t very stable, a prosecutor said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Soon after the ferry began to tilt, there was nervous laughter, jokes about the Titanic and talk of selfies and Facebook posts from the doomed high school students huddled below deck.

But the lighthearted atmosphere soon turned serious as the listing worsened. Fear began building, and one student asked, “Am I really going to die?”

The shaky video (http://apne.ws/R7iRbX) — at times poignant and heartbreaking as the teens said last words to their loved ones — was found on the cellphone belonging to 17-year-old Park Su-hyeon when his body was recovered after the disaster on the morning of April 16 off South Korea.

The boy’s father, Park Jong-dae, provided it Thursday to The Associated Press, saying he wanted to show the world the conditions aboard the Sewol as it sank. He earlier released it to select South Korean media.

More than 300 people are dead or missing in the disaster, which has plunged South Korea into mourning and touched off anger and shame. About 220 bodies, mostly from inside the submerged vessel, have been recovered. More than 80 percent of the victims were students from a high school in Ansan, south of Seoul, on their way to the tourist island of Jeju for a school trip.

The group of teens in Park Su-hyeon’s video alternated between bluster, attempts at humor and unmistakable fear.

Only one could be seen wearing a life jacket at the beginning of the clips, which started at 8:52 a.m. and ended, with a small break between them, at 9:09 a.m., when everyone appeared to be wearing them.

Some of the students struggled as they tried to buckle the life jackets. As the listing worsened, they joked about “final commemorative pictures” and “defying gravity” by trying to walk on the walls.

“It’s like we’re becoming the Titanic,” one student said.

At 8:53 a.m., less than two minutes into the video and two minutes before a crew member on the bridge made the ferry’s first distress call, one student said: “Am I really going to die?”

At the start the video, a message blared from the ferry’s loudspeakers: “Don’t move away from your places and brace for any possible accidents.”

In subsequent announcements, passengers were again told to stay put, even as some questioned whether they should flee.

The last message from the bridge came at 9:08: “We’re again announcing: For passengers who

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