South Korea ferry disasteri

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 Koreans face intense pressure to succeed, rising loneliness and a lack of mental healthcare. When disasters like Halloween crush occur, suicides spike

It’s not just the coronavirus and the Shincheonji Church. Cults have been linked to a host of Korean scandals, from the Sewol ferry disaster to a president’s impeachment.


Lead actors play estranged parents mourning their son, killed in real-life sinking; the boy’s mother hasn’t accepted his death, and wants a divorce. Those looking for a film about the disaster and its aftermath will be disappointed.

The appeal of these ‘cults’ may reveal a grim truth about South Korean society and the way the groups address a search for meaning not found elsewhere.

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year’s disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison today by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.


South Korea's president vowed to raise the sunken Sewol ferry yesterday, but failed to appease grieving relatives on the first anniversary of the disaster that claimed 304 lives.


A day of mourning for the 304 victims of the Sewol ferry sinking was overtaken by acrimony on Thursday, as organisers called off a ceremony planned to mark its one-year anniversary to protest against the South Korean government’s response to the disaster.

More than 100 relatives of victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster tearfully cast flowers into the sea yesterday at an emotional memorial event on the eve of the tragedy's first anniversary.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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