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...]

Bones Found Near Salvaged Sewol Ferry Not Human, Ministry Says

SEOUL, March 28 (Reuters) - South Korea on Tuesday said forensic examination showed bone fragments found near a salvaged ferry that sank in one of its worst disasters three years ago came from an animal and not an unrecovered victim, as an official had said earlier. Nine people remain missing from among the 304 dead, most of them children on a school trip, in the April 16, … [Read more...]

Photos: Sewol Wreck Ready for Lift to Mokpo

Salvage crews in South Korea are getting ready to move the Sewol ferry from the salvage site off Jindo Island to Mokpo, where a search for the nine missing victims is set to resume. The wreckage of the 6,800-ton ferry now sits aboard the deck of the semi-submersible heavy lift transport vessel Dockwise White Marlin. “It looks like there will be no significant risk in … [Read more...]

Photos: Sunken Sewol Ferry Raised Three Years After Disaster

By Ju-min Park SEOUL, March 23 (Reuters) - A South Korean ferry that sank nearly three years ago, killing 304 people, most of them children on a school trip, slowly emerged from a grey sea on Thursday, a somber reminder of a tragedy that traumatized the country. The ferry, the Sewol, was structurally unsound, overloaded and traveling too fast on a turn when it capsized … [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...]