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Sewol Ferry Tragedy Marks 1 Year Anniversary

 

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Sewol Ferry Tragedy Marks 1 Year Anniversary

 

One year ago today, a ferry named Sewol, which was on its way to Jeju Island from Incheon with 476 passengers on board, mostly high school juniors on a school field trip to Jeju, capsized and sank near Jindo Island.

The captain of the ferry, Lee Jun-seok, reportedly told passengers to stay in their cabins until rescuers arrived, but he and 15 other crewmembers abandoned the sinking ferry without notifying the passengers inside the ferry to flee.

Only 173 passengers escaped from the ferry before it capsized and sank. The remaining 304 people perished inside the sinking ferry and for the next three to four months the bodies of some 295 passengers and crewmembers were found, with nine victims still unaccounted for.

The accident shocked the entire country and investigation teams uncovered unfair and corrupt ties between the ferry’s owner, Chonghaejin, and governmental agencies and other unlawful factors that led the ferry to sink, leaving more than 300 helpless passengers to perish inside.

Sewol ferry tragedy marks 1 year but families of the victims argue that not much has changed and they demand a fast recovery of the sunken ferry as a means to find the truth behind the tragedy.

 

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