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(2nd LD) Five dead after car falls into sea on east coast

National 11:40 March 26, 2019

(ATTN: CLARIFIES victims' identities in lead and 2nd last para)

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, March 26 (Yonhap) -- Five teens died when the vehicle carrying them crashed into a guardrail and fell into the sea in the eastern coastal city of Gangneung, police and firefighters said Tuesday.

It appears to have struck the structure before falling into the waters on a coastal road in Okgye county, Gangneung, 237 kilometers east of Seoul, according to the district police.

A 119 call came in at about 6:30 a.m. that a car was drifting in the waters.

The Coast Guard pulled a white Hyundai Kona out of the sea, with three men and two women in the car. Police confirmed their deaths and have so far identified four of them.

The victims, one of them a college freshman, had rented the vehicle.

Authorities are investigating the scene to figure out the exact cause.

The Coast Guard pulls a white Hyundai Kona out of the water in the eastern coastal city of Gangneung on March 26, 2019, after the car fell into the sea with five people inside. Police said no one survived the crash. (Yonhap)

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