19 Mar '17, 7am

South Koreans prepare to raise sunken #Sewol ferry, 3 years after disaster

South Koreans prepare to raise sunken #Sewol ferry, 3 years after disaster

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea prepared on Sunday (March 19) to raise the Sewol ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing more than 300 people, most of them children, testing a system to bring the ship to the surface in the hope of finding the last nine bodies. The Sewol, which was structurally unsound, overloaded and travelling too fast on a turn, capsized and sank during a routine voyage on April 16, 2014. It lies at a depth of 44m, off the south-western island of Jindo. Of those killed, 250 were teenagers on a school trip, many of whom obeyed crew instructions to remain in their cabins even as crew members were escaping the sinking vessel. Mourning families have been calling for the ship to be raised and for a more thorough investigation into the disaster. "The main reason is to find the nine missing bodies," a ministry of oceans and fisheries official, who decline...

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