SE­WOL: One cabin on 4th floor yet to be searched

JoongAng Daily - - National - FROM PAGE 1. jkkang2@joongang.co.kr

sink­ing on the morn­ing of April 16.

Video footage dis­closed by the Coast Guard later showed not a sin­gle Coast Guard mem­ber go­ing inside the list­ing ferry to tell pas­sen­gers to es­cape.

Only 172 out of 476 pas­sen­gers aboard the Se­wol were res­cued, in­clud­ing its cap­tain, all on the first day of the sink­ing, while 295 were killed and nine are still miss­ing. The in­ci­dent is con­sid­ered to be the coun­try’s worst mar­itime dis­as­ter in his­tory.

Thwarted by strong cur­rents and gush­ing winds, divers took two days to en­ter the sunken ferry and three days to re­trieve a body from the wreck.

Sus­pi­cions that the res­cue work­ers weren’t do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to find sur­viv­ing pas­sen­gers in air pock­ets of the cap­sized ship led to a deep drop in ap­proval rat­ings for Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye.

The fi­nal body found was of a fe­male Dan­won stu­dent. Divers found it on Oct. 28, 102 days after another vic­tim was re­trieved on July 18, rais­ing hopes among fam­i­lies of the nine miss­ing vic­tims still camped out in Jindo Gym­na­sium.

The fam­i­lies hoped the fi­nal re­mains might be found in a cabin on the fourth floor of the ferry’s stern area, which has not been searched. But de­bris is block­ing the way to the un­searched cabin.

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