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S. Korean Ferry Captain Gets 36 Years

Lee Joon-seok acquitted of homicide

(Newser) - A South Korean ferry captain was sentenced today to 36 years in prison for negligence and abandoning passengers when his ship sank earlier this year, but the court acquitted him of homicide, concluding there was no proof he knew his actions would cause the more than 300 deaths that shocked... More »

Body Found in S. Korea Ferry —6 Months After It Sank

Grisly find, 1st since July, discovered in bathroom

(Newser) - It's been more than six months since the South Korean ferry Sewol sank in April, but the search for bodies hasn't stopped—and today, another body was found in the sunken ship. It was found in a women's bathroom on the fourth floor, CNN reports. The body... More »

125 Believed Dead in Latest Ferry Sinking

Bangladesh officials can't locate boat that sunk yesterday

(Newser) - Families of scores of people presumed dead after their ferry capsized in central Bangladesh accused authorities today of launching a feeble rescue effort and leaving their loved ones trapped inside the vessel for more than 24 hours. More than 200 people were believed to be on board the MV Pinak... More »

South Korean Kids: Crew Insisted We Stay in Ferry

They testify in crew's trial

(Newser) - Teens aboard the doomed South Korean ferry Sewol testified today as the trial of 15 crew members continues in the April tragedy. Five of the six kids faced away from listeners as they testified, while another testified from another room via video feed, Reuters reports. The teens called for harsh... More »

Hostile Families Confront Crew of Korea Ferry, Cry 'Murderer'

Emotions run wild at pre-trial hearing for 15 crew members

(Newser) - Grief-wracked family members of the 300-plus souls lost in the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol today aimed their rage squarely at the 15 crewmembers accused of negligence, as the reeling country held a pre-trial hearing in the April 16 disaster. The AP describes "hostile spectators" who cried,... More »

Korea Ferry Crew Who Jumped Ship Indicted for Murder

Captain, 3 others could face death penalty

(Newser) - The captain and three other crew members who abandoned a ferry as it sank off the coast of South Korea with hundreds of passengers still on board have been indicted on murder charges. Another 11 crew members have been charged with negligence, reports Reuters . "The captain, a first officer... More »

Italy Recovering Bodies From Sunken Boat

Death toll stands at 14 'at the moment'

(Newser) - A boat crowded with migrants sank today in the Mediterranean just beyond Libya's territorial waters, leaving at least 14 dead, said the Italian Navy, which helped rescue more than 200 survivors. The Navy said "at the moment 14 bodies have been recovered." There was no estimate of... More »

Korea Ferry Routinely— and Severely—Overloaded

Disaster exposes huge chasms in maritime regulation

(Newser) - The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips—nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo—in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents that reveal vast regulatory failures. And it may have been more overloaded than ever on its final journey. One... More »

Doomed Ferry's Entire Navigation Crew in Custody

15 people have been detained or arrested

(Newser) - Four more crew members on the sunken South Korean ferry were detained today, meaning that all 15 people involved in navigating the doomed boat are now in custody, the AP reports. All of them are accused of negligence and failure to help passengers, 115 of whom are still missing with... More »

Ferry Tragedy: Stop Blaming the Drowned

Kai Ma takes exception to the media's culture blaming

(Newser) - The Sewol ferry disaster has left the world looking for answers, wondering who to blame. And an uncomfortable number of English-language media outlets have hit on an answer, Kai Ma at Time observes: South Korea's "culture of obedience." For example...
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Divers Find 48 Girls Crammed In Ferry Cabin

Life vests may have actually hindered escapes

(Newser) - Divers searching the sunken Sewol ferry found the bodies of 48 girls inside a single cabin with a capacity of 30, officials announced today. They believe the passengers all rushed into the same room as the ship began to sink, CNN reports. Like most of the bodies found in the... More »

Wrenching Ferry Find: Boy, Girl Bound By Life Vests

Slow recovery of victims continues in South Korea

(Newser) - As the slow recovery of bodies from the sunken ferry in South Korea continues, Reuters has this sad dispatch: A diver searching the vessel came across the bodies of a boy and girl who had tied their life vests together. "I started to cry thinking that they didn't... More »

Hope Looks Lost in Ferry Search

No air pockets found as toll rises to 156

(Newser) - Hope for more survivors in the South Korea ferry disaster is fading after divers were unable to find air pockets on the ship's third and fourth floors; that's where they believed passengers might have been, CNN reports. Authorities have now recovered 156 bodies, and hundreds of people gathered... More »

Survivors: There Were Heroes Among Ferry Crew

As death toll passes 100

(Newser) - Members of the sunken South Korean ferry's crew have been likened to "murderers," and two more were detained today, the BBC reports. But some of them, the AP notes, were actually heroes, survivors say. Four gave up their life jackets for passengers amid a shortage; others broke... More »

Ferry Toll Hits 87 as Tragic Story Takes Shape

Inexperienced crewmember in charge of steering

(Newser) - At least 87 people have died in South Korea's ferry disaster , leaving 215 still missing; the tragedy has prompted South Korean president to call the actions of the captain and some of the crew "akin to murder," CNN reports. The crew "told the passengers to stay... More »

Transcript: Ferry So Listed Escape Was 'Impossible'

As death toll pushes to 58

(Newser) - With 58 people now dead and 244 still missing in the South Korean ferry sinking, CNN picks up a transcript of a conversation between a crewmember of the doomed ship and the Jindo Vehicle Traffic Service. As the Sewol sank, the crew radioed: "Our ship is listing and may... More »

3 More Bodies Raise Ferry Death Toll to 32

Relatives start giving DNA swabs to help identify victims

(Newser) - South Korean coast guard officials say they've found three more bodies from the capsized ferry, raising the death toll to 32. The latest were recovered today, three days after the ferry sank. The vessel is now completely submerged, and relatives have begun giving DNA swabs to help identify bodies... More »

Captain Charged; Teacher's Suicide Note Is Wrenching

'Spread my ashes over the ship sinking site'

(Newser) - The captain of the capsized South Korean ferry is in custody and charged with five offenses that could land him in prison for the rest of his life, reports CNN . The charges against 69-year-old Lee Joon-seok boil down to negligence, both leading up to the accident and after it. "... More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Doomed Ferry's Captain

Investigators say he wasn't at helm when accident occurred

(Newser) - This might better explain why the captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized has been so reluctant to face the public: Investigators say he wasn't at the helm when the ship ran into trouble, report the BBC and Reuters . "He may have been off the bridge,"... More »

School VP Rescued From Ferry Found Hanged

He apparently killed himself, was found hanging from tree

(Newser) - A high school vice principal who was aboard the doomed South Korean ferry with more than 300 students from his school was one of the first to be rescued—but today he was found dead. Kang Min Kyu, 52, apparently hanged himself from a tree, using a belt, CNN reports.... More »

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