South Korean ferry sinks

SP's MAI - - ROUND-UP 2014 -

Over­loaded and with ques­tion­able sea­wor­thi­ness, South Korean pas­sen­ger and freight ferry the MV Se­wol made an un­usu­ally sharp turn, caus­ing it to sink into the wa­ters of the East China Sea with as­tound­ing speed. With it went all 476 peo­ple on board – only 172 made it out alive. The cap­tain in par­tic­u­lar was lam­basted for his decision to aban­don his ship and the hun­dreds of pas­sen­gers on board, pri­ori­tis­ing his own safety be­fore theirs. Cap­tain Lee Jun-seok and three other crew mem­bers were later charged with mur­der.

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