Video shot by victim shows last moments on disaster ferry

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A video made by a young victim of the South Korea ferry disaster shows teenagers line up for selfies amid nervous laughter as the ship begins to tilt and later leave final messages as they fear for their lives.

The mobile phone footage also shows the high school students huddled below deck wondering if they would make the news and discussed posting about the drama on Facebook.

But later one leaves “farewell words” and another sends a message of love to their mother.

The shaky video was on the phone of 17-year-old Park Su-hyeon when rescuers recovered his body. His father, Park Jong-dae, has released it to selected media, saying he wanted to show the world the ship’s condition as it sank.

The footage shows the fear in the cabin build as the listing becomes worse. Some say they feel dizzy, that their legs are shaking.

“Am I really going to die?” a student in the video asks at 8.53am on April 16, the same time a crew member on the bridge made the first distress call.

Several times they are warned over the loudspeaker to stay where they are, even as the tilting increases and it becomes less possible for them to flee.

The tragedy, which has left more than 300 people dead or missing, has created a sense of national mourning, anger and shame.

The group of teenagers in the video alternate between bluster, attempts at humour and unmistakable fear.

As the ferry lists, they joke about “final commemorative pictures” and “defying gravity” by trying to walk on the walls.

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

Some of the students in the video later use it to offer their last words. Some warn their siblings not to take school trips unless they want to end up like them.

“I’m really scared,” one says. Another asks: “Is it really sinking? Wow, they’re giving us life vests.”

“We’re all finished. I have to leave some farewell words before I die,” says another. “Mom, I love you,” says one.