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    287 unaccounted after Ferry boat capsizes in S. Korea waters

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/...ticle18051385/

    Of some 450 passengers on board the ferry, the Sewol when it set sail from the port of Incheon late on Tuesday, nearly 340 were teenagers and teachers from the Danwon school near the capital Seoul on a field trip to Jeju island, about 100 km (60 miles)south of the Korean peninsula.

    So far 179 people have been rescued and six confirmed deadin what could be the country's worst maritime accident in 20years.

    Speaking to BBC Newshour, John Noble said: "That is the one ray of hope that I think we must hang onto, because it is not without precedent where ships have overturned completely as this one has seemed to have done, where the air that is trapped inside does form pockets, and people have managed to get to them."

    The ship has a capacity of about 900 people, an overall length of 146 metres (480 feet) and it weighs 6,586 gross tonnes.

    Shipping records show it was built in Japan in 1994.
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    The regular Captain of the Sewol was on vacation, and another Captain was piloting the ferry.

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    Hope there are as many survivors as possible . Stuff like this has been happening a lot more in recent years . One would think that the opposite would be true ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Rover View Post
    The regular Captain of the Sewol was on vacation, and another Captain was piloting the ferry.
    but to think that only one life boat was deployed and it contained the captain, after they told those kids to stay in place is unconscionable

    when you are in charge of a vessel transporting that many kids, you have a higher level of responsiblity

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    Police investigators have also arrived with warrants and seized documents and computers from the offices of Cheonghaejin, the company that operated the ferry, in Incheon.

    There were question marks over whether the crew were trained for an emergency after experts noted that there was ample time in the two-and-a-half hours before the boat sank to evacuate everyone on board in the ship’s 46 life boats.

    Kang Hae-seong, the communications officer who issued the orders for passengers to stay put, said from his hospital bed in Jindo that he could not remember ever having done an evacuation drill and had panicked: “I repeatedly told people to calm themselves and stay where they were for an hour,” he told the New York Times. “I did not have time to look at a manual for evacuation”.

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    They are the most treacherous waters in Korea but the person at the helm of the Sewol was not its experienced captain but a 25-year-old third mate who was navigating them for the first time.


    "I briefly went to my bedroom," admitted 69-year-old captain Lee Joon-seok for the first time. "I was on my way back when the accident happened."


    Capt Lee's decision to step away from the bridge was the first of a chain of calamitous errors that seem set to cost more than 300 lives, almost all of teenage students.


    No one has been found alive from the ship since just after it sank on Wednesday morning and after more than 100 hours submerged in icy water, the window for anything other than a miracle has firmly closed.


    The third mate, Park Hyun-kul, was a novice who had only been at sea for roughly a year, first working on ships sailing to China and joining the Chonghaejin ferry company five months ago.
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