The South Korean Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries released a transcript of the radio conversation between the sinking ferry Sewol and the harbor at Jeju island. The conversation in Korean has been translated into English by the Associated Press.
8:55 a.m. Sewol: Harbor affairs Jeju, do you have reception of The Sewol? Jeju: Yes, Sewol, this is Harbor affairs Jeju Sewol: Please notify the coast guard. Our ship is in danger. It's listing right now. 8:56 a.m. Jeju: Where's your ship? Yes, got it. We will notify the coast guard. Sewol: The ship has listed a lot. Can't move. Please come quickly. Sewol: We're next to Byeongpung Island. Jeju: Yes, we got it. 8:58 a.m. Jeju: Sewol, this is Harbor affairs Jeju. Do you have reception? Sewol, Harbor affairs Jeju. 8:59 a.m. Sewol: Harbor affairs Jeju, this is Sewol Jeju: Sewol, this is Harbor affairs Jeju. Channel 21, please. Radio conversation on VHF Channel 21. 9:00 a.m. Jeju: Sewol, this is Harbor affairs Jeju. Sewol: Jeju, Sewol here. Jeju: what's the current situation? Sewol: Currently the body of the ship has listed to the left. The containers have listed as well. Jeju: OK. Any damage of the human life? Sewol: It's impossible to check right now. The body of the ship has tilted, and it's impossible to move. Jeju: Yes, OK. Please wear life jackets and prepare as the people might have to abandon ship. ?