04/17/2014 09:53 am ET

Dramatic Rescue Of 6-Year-Old From Sinking Ferry Caught On Video

The dramatic rescue of a young girl who was traveling aboard the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday was caught on tape.

The powerful footage, published by Reuters, shows 6-year-old Kwon Ji-yeon being pulled from the boat into the safe arms of coast guard workers. Reuters reported that the young girl was one of only 179 people who managed to leave the sinking ship before it capsized. Her parents and brother are still missing.

The Sewol was traveling to the tourist island of Jeju with 475 people on board on Wednesday when the ship began to list and ultimately capsized and sank.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that more than 400 rescue workers are searching nearby waters for the nearly 300 passengers who are still missing, but strong currents, rain and bad visibility have hampered the mission.

A man identified as the captain of the ship, Lee Joon-seok, apologized for the disaster, saying he was "really sorry and deeply ashamed."

It is still unclear what caused the ship to sink.



South Korean Ferry Sinks