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Capsized Fishing Boat

South Korea Fishing Boat Capsized

A 59 ton fishing boat capsized off Geoje Island, South Korea.  The fishing boat was passing between a tugboat and a barge when the tow cable caused the fishing boat to flip over.   Three of the 11 crew members on board were rescued.  A search and rescue effort later found five bodies with another three still missing.   Later reports state one of the crew rescued perished from injuries sustained in the capsizing.  The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.

Details of Ferry Tragedy Released

Photo: KoreaDaily.com

Photo: KoreaDaily.com

Reports of what happened aboard the Sewol have been released. Some students stated  they had been ushered onto upper decks by their teachers, from whence they were rescued.  However, many more remained in their cabin when they received an announcement requesting  to remain where they were, rather than abandoning ship.

Photo: edaily.co.kr
Photo: edaily.co.kr

Survivors stated that the Sewol listed so suddenly and so steep that many were unable to climb upward to safety.  Many suffered injuries particularly when luggage and other people fell on top of them. Those below stated the lights went out and they could see water pouring in.  Those who followed the order to remain in place, rather than heed attempting to save themselves found themselves trapped below.  Some students trapped below were able to send text messages to their parents.  One child texted her mother saying she could not get up the steeply angled decks and many knew of their dire situation.

Photo: edaily.co.kr
Photo: edaily.co.kr

Rescuers arrived on scene soon after the distress call was sent out. There was clear weather, with good visibility and within sight of land.   Multiple vessels including fishing boats, commercial  and coast guard were on scene.  Helicopters arrived and airlifted those who had climbed onto the listing decks.  However, they could only rescue those who had left their cabins.  Just after two hours of listing,  the Sewol capsized and eventually only a section of her upturned bow remained above water.

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Sewol Update

Photo: South Korea Coast Guard
Photo: South Korea Coast Guard

The 6825 ton passenger ship Sewol which sank in 90 meters of water off Jindo Island, South Korea.  The vessel sent out a distress call after striking an underwater rock near Gwanmae Island.  The vessel remained afloat for 8 hours before it finally rolled over and sank.  Initial reports state the vessel took 18 minutes after the initial grounding before it sent out a distress call.  The crew during this time urged passengers to stay calm, but not to prepare to evacuate the vessel.

Authorities have revised that over 290 passengers/crew are still missing which 244 were high school students.  The students were on a four-day school trip to Jeju Island.  Reports state some students sent text messages soon after the accident.   Divers are exploring the sunken vessel fearing that many on board were trapped below deck.

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