As a ferry started to tilt dangerously off the South Korean coast, a group of teenage passengers made jokes and talked of posting about the experience on Facebook.
One started to hum the theme song from the movie "Titanic."
But as the listing got worse, the students grew fearful.
“Am I really going to die?” one asked.
Some of the students’ final moments were captured in poignant video recorded on the cellphone of a 17-year-old passenger, Park Su-hyeon. Rescuers recovered the phone with the youth’s body, the Associated Press reported.
The boy’s father, Park Jong-dae, shared the video with AP and local media this week. The 15 minutes of video were edited to blur the faces of the students.
When Park began recording in a cabin at 8:52 a.m., the students didn’t appear to grasp the danger.
A boy is heard saying, “Someone get the life jackets." Another replies, "Eh, why take them out?"
A boy says it would be fun to post the video on Facebook. Another poses for the camera, saying he is “the man who defied gravity.” They discuss whether they will be on the news.
"It would be fun if water started coming in," a boy says.
Announcements over the loudspeaker repeatedly instruct people to remain where they are and to hold on to something if they can.
About 9 a.m., a voice is heard saying, "I'm really, really scared." One boy asks, "What's the captain doing?"
Another says, "It's like the Titanic" and starts humming the song.