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911 caller from ferry named a hero

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ANSAN, South Korea (WKOW) -- The ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea almost two weeks ago has left many missing and feared dead.

Authorities first came to know there was a problem on the ferry, not from a crew member, but from a young passenger.  That passenger is now called a hero.

17-year-old Choi Duk-Ha made the initial 911 call.  His actions saved lives, but unfortunately, he did not survive.  His parents say they were surprised he made the call, but they praise his leadership and pure spirit.

His death left his parents heartbroken.  Kim Sang-Hee, his mother, says "As a mum, I wished he didn't call 911 but called me instead. But, I am so proud of what my son has done, and that is a consolation to my broken heart and will keep me going for the rest of my life."

Both of Duk-Ha's parents say they are passed the point of blaming and hating.  Now, they just hope the survivors can grow up and overcome the pain.
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