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SEOUL, South Korea — Dozens of ships and aircraft were involved in rescue efforts for 477 people aboard a ferry that ran aground and was sinking off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, reports said.

Yonhap news agency said one person had died. It cited Coast Guard officials saying the passengers were being taken off the wrecked ship that had listed to one side and was taking on water about 12 miles from the southern coast.

The passengers were mostly secondary school students on a field trip to Jeju island when the vessel sent a distress signal about 9 a.m., the news agency said.

President Park Geun-hye ordered all available vessels be mobilized in the rescue effort to prevent any loss of life.

The Navy sent 22 vessels and a helicopter along with special forces including divers to rescue passengers that had jumped from the ship.

The Air Force and Army had each dispatched planes and helicopters to join the effort led by the Coast Guard.

Yao Qilin/Xinhua/Zuma Press/MCT

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The baseless claim that the FBI may have planted evidence while carrying out a court-approved search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday has surged through right-wing media, as the former president’s allies continue their effort to turn their audiences against the probe and shield Trump from accountability.

The FBI searched the premises after obtaining a warrant from a federal magistrate judge and “removed a number of boxes of documents” as part of a federal investigation into whether Trump had illegally “taken a trove of material with him to his home at Mar-a-Lago when he left the White House that included sensitive documents – and then, in the Justice Department’s view, had failed to fully comply with requests that he return the disputed material,” the New York Times reported. Politico concluded after consulting with legal experts on the handling of classified documents that “it’s highly unlikely the DOJ would have pursued – and a judge would have granted – such a politically explosive search warrant without extraordinary evidence.”

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