By Susan Garraty
Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, April 16, 2014.
1. Korean ferry disaster. It’s a massive operation to try and rescue hundreds of passengers from the Korean ferry Sewol that sank off the south west coast on its way to a resort island. Many passengers, including some of the 300 high school students from Seoul on a field trip, jumped from the ship before it sank. Survivors report being given conflicting guidance on whether to stay in place. Helicopters, fishing boats, as well as police and military ships recovered passengers after the ferry rolled and sank relatively quickly miles away from its destination, Jeju. U.S. Navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard, already in the area, went to scene to offer assistance to the South Korean rescue efforts.