I pray that both the missing are found and that this was just an accident:
A South Korean Navy ship sank off the west coast near the maritime border with North Korea, officials said Saturday, with just more than half of the 104-member crew rescued.
The 1,200-ton ship Cheonan went down around 9:45 p.m. near a South Korean island in the Yellow Sea, and 58 of the crew members have been rescued so far, Navy officials said.
Patrol boats and helicopters have been deployed in a rescue operation, but officials said the efforts were hindered by strong winds and darkness.
The possibility of a North Korean attack was raised when local residents reported having heard “loud artillery firing” for at least 10 minutes from 11 p.m. Military officials initially said a South Korean vessel fired a shot northward at an unidentified ship, but the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the object caught on radar appears to have been a flock of birds.
“We have been unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the incident as of this moment,” the Navy said, with multiple officials saying an unexplained explosion in the rear of the ship may have ripped a hole in the vessel’s bottom.