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