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4 more crew detained over S. Korea ferry disaster

South Korea Coast Guard members transfer the bodies of passengers from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', to a ship at sea off Jindo on April 20, 2014. Divers began retrieving bodies on April 20 from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace of the rescue efforts scuffled with police. AFP P

South Korean prosecutors Monday detained four more crew members in a widening investigation into a ferry disaster that left hundreds missing, presumed dead, local media reported.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Korea ferry captain promised ‘safe journey’ in 2010 video

Lee Joon-Seok (center), captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized at sea off the coast of Jindo, is interviewed at Mokpo police station in Mokpo on April 17, 2014. AFP

The captain at the heart of South Korea’s ferry disaster took part in a promotional video six years ago in which he said marine transport was safe as long as passengers followed orders.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

S. Korea prosecutors turn to mobile app for ferry probe

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Prosecutors probing South Korea’s ferry disaster have turned to a popular mobile chat service to reconstruct the final moments of hundreds feared to have perished on board the sinking ship.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

S. Korea president says ferry captain’s action ‘tantamount to murder’

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye (C) visits relatives of missing passengers on board a capsized ferry as they wait for news at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014.  AFP FILE PHOTO

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Monday that the behavior of the captain and crew of the ferry that capsized five days ago with 476 people on board was unacceptable and “tantamount to murder”.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

More bodies from ship; transcript reveals wavering

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Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside a sunken South Korean ferry Monday, securing a new entryway into the wreck, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The transcript suggests that the chaos may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

South Korean rescue team members work to rescue passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. AP

A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

No sympathy from North Korea over ferry disaster

The body of a passenger aboard the Sewol ferry which sank in the water off the southern coast, is carried by rescue workers upon its arrival at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

South Korea’s devastating ferry disaster has elicited messages of sympathy, condolence and support from around the world, with one glaring, though not wholly unexpected, exception.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

South Korean relatives divided over whether to raise ferry

In this April 16, 2014 file photo,  released by South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of the sinking Sewol ferry, off South Korea's southern coast,near Jindo, south of Seoul. AP Photo/South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap, File

Four days after South Korea’s shattering ferry disaster, grieving relatives were split Sunday over whether to approve an end to the search for survivors and let cranes raise the vessel to the surface.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘I’ll make it,’ says young ferry passenger to family

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In a last terrified, tearful call to his elder sister, 16-year-old Kim Dong-Hyup promised to get off the sinking ferry alive.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry in Korea

The body of a passenger aboard the Sewol ferry which sank in the water off the southern coast, is carried by rescue workers upon its arrival at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into a submerged ferry off South Korea’s southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to 49, officials said Sunday.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Tragedies at sea: The Sewol and the Costa Concordia

South Korean Coast Guard officers try to search missing passengers aboard the Sewol ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. AP

The causes may be very different and the toll far heavier but Italian media have pointed to similarities between the ferry disaster of the Sewol in South Korea and the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash in 2012.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Prosecutor says mate in SKorean ferry steering waters for 1st time

Students hold papers with candles as they pray for the safe return of their friends aboard the sunken ferry Sewol at Danwon High School in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. AP

A prosecutor says that the third mate steering a South Korean ferry at the time of a major accident was navigating those waters for the first time.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Pope sends condolences for S.Korea ferry victims

Pope Francis.  AP FILE PHOTO

Pope Francis on Saturday voiced condolences for the victims of a ferry disaster in South Korea, where 273 people are missing and 29 have been confirmed dead.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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