Investigation Fails to Pinpoint Cause of Sewol Ferry Sinking

The cause of one the worst maritime disasters in South Korea's history is likely to remain a mystery. This week, an eight-member panel appointed by the South Korean government to investigate the 2014 capsizing and sinking of the Sewol ferry released its findings from the investigation, failing to pinpoint an exact cause. Instead, the panel concluded that the sinking could … [Read more...]

South Korea Starts Sewol Ferry Salvage Ops

By Suyeong Lee (Reuters) South Korea prepared on Sunday 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 traveling too fast on a turn, capsized and sank during a … [Read more...]

Decomposed Body of South Korean Ferry Owner Found

By Ju-min Park SUNCHEON, South Korea, July 22 (Reuters) - The body of South Korea's most wanted man, linked to the sinking of a ferry in April that killed 300 people, was identified more than a month after being found in an orchard, police said on Tuesday, with his book and empty bottles of alcohol nearby. The police chief in charge of the case in a small city in the … [Read more...]

South Korea Offers $500,000 Reward for Elusive Sewol Owner

SEOUL, May 27 (Reuters) - South Korea has hiked to nearly half a million dollars its reward for information leading to the capture of Yoo Byung-un, the head of the family that owns the operator of a ferry that capsized and sank last month, killing more than 300 people. The figure of 500 million won ($490,000) being offered by authorities after a week of futile searching for … [Read more...]