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South Korea ferry disaster

South Korea ferry disaster

On April 16, 2014, a passenger ferry sank off the southern coast of South Korea The 6,825-tonne ferry, which had sailed out of the western port of Incheon the previous evening, ran into trouble some 20 kilometres (13 miles) off the island of Byungpoong. Of the 450 passengers on board the ferry bound for the southern resort island of Jeju, 325 were students from a high school in Ansan, south of Seoul.

South Korean head of Sewol operator jailed for 10 years for manslaughter

Kim Han-sik, CEO of Chonghaejin Marine, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Photo: AP

The head of the company that operated South Korea's ill-fated Sewol ferry was sentenced to 10 years in prison, after being convicted of manslaughter over the disaster that killed more than 300 people.

Friday, 21 November, 2014, 4:15am

South Korea ferry disaster captain jailed for 36 years but acquitted of homicide

Lee Jun-seok was sentenced to 36 years in prison. Photo: AP

The captain of the South Korean disaster ferry Sewol was sentenced to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers when his ship sank in April.

12 Nov 2014 - 12:52pm 3 comments

South Korea ferry owner’s son jailed three years for embezzlement

The Sewol ferry sank in April with more than 450 people on board. Photo: EPA

The son of the South Korean tycoon blamed for April’s ferry disaster was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for embezzlement, the first sentencing of any member of the reclusive billionaire family on charges linked to the sinking.

5 Nov 2014 - 6:08pm

Body of Sewol victim retrieved on what would have been 17th birthday

Hwang In-yeol and his wife, Shim Myeong-seop, blow out candles on a birthday cake for their late daughter Ji-hyeon. Photo: AP

Hwang In-yeol and his wife waited seven years to have a child, and then she was born on October 29, 1997. After a ferry disaster in April that killed her and 303 others, the couple waited again for nearly seven months to see Ji-hyeon's body.

31 Oct 2014 - 5:24am

Body found in sunken Sewol, six months after ferry sank off South Korea coast

Rescuers search for victims in the first days after the sinking of the ferry. Photo: AP

The first body found in three months was being recovered Tuesday from the sunken South Korean ferry, increasing the official death toll to 295, officials said.

28 Oct 2014 - 6:47pm

South Korean prosecutors seek death penalty for captain of doomed ferry Sewol

Lee Joon-seok, captain of the sunken ferry Sewol, arrives at a court in Gwangju on Monday. South Korean prosecutors sought the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, leaving 304 people dead or missing. Photo: Reuters

South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, leaving 304 people, most of them schoolchildren, dead or missing.

27 Oct 2014 - 6:57pm 2 comments

Anger, anguish six months after South Korea ferry disaster

A boy prays near paper ships with messages to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at a memorial altar in Seoul. Photo: AP

“Sewol ferry recovery update No. 377 ... Days since last body found -- 88.” 

Six months after South Korea’s worst maritime disaster, the official e-mails keep coming -- sometimes several a day -- recording every detail of a largely forgotten and ignored operation.

15 Oct 2014 - 7:34pm

Controversy over ferry tragedy piece rocks Busan film festival

Lee Yong-kwan says once they made the decision to screen the film, they had to be responsible for the decision.

The world premiere of the Korean documentary Diving Bell (or The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol) cast a long shadow at the 10-day 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

12 Oct 2014 - 6:26am

Sewol ferry disaster captain admits error in leaving inexperienced crew member at helm, denies playing on phone

South Korean ferry Sewol captain Lee Joon-seok (centre) outside the court after an investigation in April 2014. Photo: Reuters

The captain at the heart of South Korea's ferry disaster acknowledged during his murder trial that he had erred in leaving an inexperienced crew member at the helm when the vessel capsized.

8 Oct 2014 - 3:11am

South Korean driver of Sewol owner gives himself up to prosecutors

Relatives of missing passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol and citizens release yellow balloons in memory of the deceased and return of still missing passengers aboard the ship 100 days after the ferry sunk,  at a port in Jindo. Photo: AP

The driver of the late owner of the ferry that sunk in South Korea turned himself in yesterday, potentially unlocking the mystery of the man's final days.

29 Jul 2014 - 10:05pm

‘They kept telling us to stay put’: survivors testify at South Korea ferry disaster trial

Activists and families of ferry Sewol victims call for more efforts to enact new laws on compensation and follow-up measures in Seoul. Photo: Xinhua

Student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster, testifying for the first time on Monday in the murder trial of the captain and crew, recalled being repeatedly told to stay put as the ship was sinking.

28 Jul 2014 - 6:12pm

Yoo Dae-gyun, son of South Korean ferry tycoon, detained

A TV news showing portraits of Yoo Byung-eun. Photo: AP

South Korea's forensic agency said yesterday it was impossible to determine the cause of death of a billionaire businessman linked to the ferry that sank and killed 304 people in April, deepening the mystery surrounding the final days of the nation's most wanted man.

26 Jul 2014 - 12:11am

Owner of South Korea ferry that sunk killing 300 is found dead

Owner of South Korea ferry that sunk killing 300 is found dead

A badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in an orchard last month was that of Yoo Byung-eun, the fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's South Korean ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people, police confirmed yesterday

23 Jul 2014 - 12:11pm 3 comments

Relatives of South Korean ferry disaster victims weep and jeer at trial

Investigators of Gwangju District Court take photos on a ferry at the port of Incheon, South Korea. An investigation was conducted on the cabin and structure of a ferry, which is of the same type with the sunken ship Sewol. Photo: Xinhua

Relatives of victims of South Korea's ferry disaster wept amid angry scenes in court yesterday as prosecutors played video footage of the sinking vessel during the murder trial of the captain and crew.

9 Jul 2014 - 3:07am

South Korean PM keeps job after double nominee debacle

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won is shielded by bodyguards from angry relatives of Sewol ferry passengers in April. Photo: AP

After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced on Thursday her “agonised” decision to retain the incumbent who had resigned over April’s ferry disaster.

26 Jun 2014 - 3:13pm 1 comment