Four missing after group suicide bid

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Four people were missing yesterday and one was in hospital after they jumped into a rain-swollen river in an apparent group suicide attempt conceived online.

Police said three men and two women jumped off a bridge into the Bukhan river in Gapyeong, about 40 miles north-east of Seoul.

A 24-year-old woman was rescued by a boat operator after floating on debris for about an hour.

Chief investigator Lee Young-su said: "These people met online. They tried to gas themselves to death the night before by burning charcoal briquettes in a room."