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[2014-06-18] One of the Crewmembers of the Sewol Ferry Admits to Charges

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One of the Crewmembers of the Sewol Ferry Admits to Charges

 

On April 16th at the second court hearing held yesterday in Gwangju District Court, one of the 15 crewmembers that were indicted on charges of abandonment and violation of a ship safety act admitted that he had abandoned passengers and escaped when the Sewol ferry was sinking.

Except for the first engineer, surnamed Sohn, who admitted to the charges of abandonment and violation of a ship safety act, the rest 14 crewmembers denied the charges against them.

Prosecutors allege that the crewmembers abandoned the ship as it was capsizing and sinking while telling passengers, mostly composed of high school students on a school trip, to stay inside the ship.

The sailors were the first group to be rescued by the Coast Guard right after the accident and have been receiving public criticism for causing a massive loss of life among the passengers that remained inside the ship.

A total of 476 people were aboard the 6,800-ton ship, Sewol when it sank off the waters near Jindo Island and the official death toll stands at 292 people with 12 others still unaccounted for.

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