Analyst on KBS: “We have to search [the boat] with the assumption that passengers are alive.”
South Korean Prime Minister about to enter Jindo auditorium for an announcement.
"We do not trust the government, the only thing to do right now is to meet South Korea president.” Common thought of Sewol passengers family.
When Sewol family members showed anger towards police; A Policewoman is showing tears.. Another heartbreaking Yonhap photo:
2 more bodies found. Still awaiting confirmation.
Death toll now confirmed at 52. 2 more bodies are found. Death count at 54. Death count now at 56.
Students standing in prayer outside Danwon school gates;
Flowers and messages outside Danwon high school in Ansan. (via Lucy Williamson):
101 hours have passed since the Sewol disaster.
Divers are searching through the 3rd, 4th and 5th floor. Expanded underwater operation today.
Guidelines are in place so operations can sustain two divers.
Update from investigation: Sewol tried to communicate with Jindo traffic control center 11 times, starting 31 minutes before 1st distress signal.
Possibility that attempts to call for help were made before distress signal.
A very important read: http://lostintrafficlights.tumblr.com/post/83278974260/the-sewol-ferry-disaster-in-south-korea
KBS: Crew members of Sewol didn’t have any lessons of safety before they went on-board (Combined Investigation Unit Official).
VTS told Sewol to begin emergency procedures. The two made last contact at 9:37AM, which is when the crew reportedly abandoned ship.
Lying YTN news says a sea soldier died due to rescuing Sewol passengers, but the accident happened April 15. Regardless, RIP.
Control tower in Jindo ended up sending emergency help response on VTS to entire country to try and save Sewol, transcripts show.
(6-7PM) Update: JTBC’s Lawyer: Captain of Sewol can be sentenced life-in-prison, but based on his age( 69) the level of sentence can be changed.
5pm scene of Sewol. You can see the crane which is preparing to lift up the ferry (on stand-by only):
KBS is airing the problems of Korean media covering Sewol ferry disaster. Main point is “interviewing family members is rude behavior”.
Korean authorities admit private divers are more capable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG5yAQJ9xDI
Tragic story happens again. 2 male bodies recovered. Death toll now goes up to 58.
Sewol disaster latest toll: 476 Total, 174 Rescued, 58 Deceased, 244 Still Missing.
South Korea Government finally declared Jindo, Ansan as a special disaster area.
It means the government decided to expand its support or budget on Jindo, Ansan.
-This late? You wait until now? I am speechless.
Transcript reveals confusion over Sewol ferry evacuation: http://asiancorrespondent.com/121862/transcript-reveals-confusion-over-ferry-evacuation/
Joint Investigation are gathering Kakaotalk messages as evidence to compare with captain’s testimony and the ship’s transcript.
(7-8:15PM) Update: 2 months prior to incident, Sewol ferry received “satisfactory mark” for emergency drill training.
That was under the original Sewol captain. However, rescued crew members have conflicting testimonies saying they did not receive training.
"Horrifying news: Just heard from a colleague in Jindo that there were scammers who told families they’d find their child for $100,000.” - Joseph Kim
-This just made my heart sink.. What kind of monsters would do that…
For the 4th day of the rescue mission alone, roughly 30 bodies have been recovered.
-Things are not looking up right now, everyone, but let us keep strong faith.
Lee Ju-Young, Maritime Minister, posed for souvenir photo after visiting Jindo. Angers Sewol victim families (via @leesanghoC):
VP of Danwon High School suicide note. He was investigated by the police for 11 hours as soon as rescued: *in the afterlife; not underworld
30-40 people, crew members, and others associated, have “overseas travel ban” and are prohibited from leaving the country until further investigation.
No one knows the whereabouts of the original captain or has had contact with him.
Passengers are now saying that they did not receive any emergency procedure instructions before the ferry set sail.
(4/21: 7-8AM) Updates: Sewol disaster toll:
174 rescued, 59 dead, and 243 unaccounted for. 174 rescued, 61 deceased, 241 unaccounted for.
According to TV조선 뉴스, 2 more bodies are now recovered. Seems like they’re female. This report is not confirmed by the government yet.
Police will now pursue culprits who posted fake SNS & text messages, saying Sewol passengers are alive.
A YTN report says country is not the same. "If my child was missing I’d go crazy." Report states country waits for at least one survivor.
Reports are saying crew were unaware of how to help passengers during the crisis. States they didn’t receive training prior to disaster.
Listening to the conversation recording gives me chills…
The headline: “Can anybody just tell me the situation please?
Anchor: What’s the main problem? Reporter: [Information is delivered] far too slowly
Forecasts are saying velocity of water and visibility is fine at the Sewol rescue area this morning. Cloudy weather expected in Jindo.
South Koreans hold candlelight vigil for missing to return safely:
(9AM-12PM) Updates: 64 confirmed deceased, 238 still missing. 174 rescued (Yonhapnews TV shot): https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bls5xjiCUAAF662.jpg:large
Most of bodies were recovered today are female bodies. It is expected that most of them are high-schoolers.
"Most of family members in Jindo are exhausted. Concerns of their health is a major issue." - Yonhap News Agency’s Morning report
Today’s “Joongang Ilbo Daily” heartbreaking headline photo (newspaper):
Sewol ferry has sunk below 15 meters now.
YTN reporter asked expert why cranes can’t be used during rescue operations. Analyst says there are large risks of shifting the boat inside.
Suspicions over why they named the site a special disaster zone yesterday, yet brought in the cranes first…
Expert: Fact that passengers texted parents during crisis shows crew failed ‘golden opportunity’ to properly evacuate/inform.
To clarify: Only messages sent during the ferry’s capsizing are real (hence, prosecutors using it as a cross reference in investigation).
Most networks reporting weather conditions to become favorable in coming days.
-Tell us how effective divers are being today, instead.
Coast Guard briefing on Sewol has begun.
"So far, the count is 37 males and 27 females deceased."
"We are focusing efforts on 3rd and 4th floor."
"Got into cafeteria early this morning."
Officials say, following guidelines set yesterday, rescuers have created passage to cafeteria on 3rd floor, where passengers are expected to be. They’ll concentrate searching this area two hours from now.
Citizens call local elected officials to be voice of people wanting answers following Sewol; “Answer, government” http://heycongress.org :
For lawmakers to make a change on behalf of the people. Campaign started last night.
Fact: 208 students, 8 teachers of Ansan Danwon HS are missing. It accounts for 89% of Sewol passengers who’re unaccounted.
Sadly, 42 students & 3 teachers confirmed dead. Group memorial altar will be installed at Ansan Olympic Museum as of 23rd of April.
-I’m so, so sorry we couldn’t get to you in time. …RIP, darlings. ❤
Korea University Ansan Hospital: 2 foreigners of Sewol ferry disaster are having treatment because of anxiety. They’re from the Philippines.
[Ranting] Some people are failing to grasp that Sewol tried to communicate with Jindo Traffic Control 11 times, 31 minutes before distress.
President Park Geun-hye says government officials not working will be fired.
Who evaluates the evaluator? Leadership is accountability. If someone below you fails their duties, how does that reflect on you? Hm?
Crew on board were not properly trained. Listen to the VTS recording. There’s mass confusion. Lack of training is a failure of leadership.
President also called the incident “almost mass murder”; President Park Geun-hye “Sewol captain and crews behavior is sort of like mass murder”.
-Uhm… almost. almost. a l m o s t; s o r t o f ?!??! Should I be laughing or crying???
Why did they (the passengers) think they were safe? Where was the safety manual? How did a ferry get satisfactory marks on crisis training even though no crew was trained?
Why were private divers hired just yesterday? Ironically, 30+ bodies found soon after.
Why did it take four days for the Sewol site to be made a special disaster zone even though it was claimed that the being responsible will be a priority?
Priorities were obviously straight…
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