S. Korea Ferry Disaster: Survivor Count Lowered

By: Toni Matthews-El - May 7, 2014

Nearly a month has passed since the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry. As the nation of South Korea continues to mourn, it has been learned that government officials were wrong about the number of survivors.

This has lead to the lowering of the survivor count.

Coast guard chief Kim Suk-kyoon has said that the true number of survivors following the tragedy is 172. Prior to the statement, it had been reported that there were 174 survivors.

The survivor count error is blamed on two different mistakes: A surviving passenger had their name listed twice and incorrect information was given by one of the other passengers.

The lowering of the survivor count has been distressing to Koreans. A growing number of citizens are heavily criticizing the Korean government for their handling of the ferry’s sinking.

The anger led prime minister Chung Hong-won to resign. Though his resignation has been accepted by President Park Geun-hye, Chung has been asked to stay on for the time being.

This is the second time that government officials made erroneous claims regarding the number of persons saved from the disaster.

Within hours of Sewol’s sinking, officials claimed that 368 persons had been successfully rescued. The high number suggested that there would be few fatalities, raising the hopes of many distressed family members.

It has since been determined that 304 people are likely deceased as a result of the sinking. 269 bodies have been recovered thus far with 35 bodies unaccounted for. One diver was killed during the recovery process.

The recovery mission has been very difficult as factors that include bad weather, strong currents, and debris have interfered with the process.

Thus far all 15 crew members responsible for the ferry’s navigation have been arrested. Four persons that worked for the ship’s company and were responsible for loading cargo have also been arrested.

It’s believed that the ferry may have been overloaded on its final journey and that the additional cargo may have contributed to the ship’s sinking.

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Toni Matthews-ElToni Matthews-El hails from the land of chunked pumpkins and people who come to a complete stop before making any and every turn. When she isn't contributing articles to WebProNews, she spends her time freelance writing, cheering Liverpool FC, and enjoying life as a hair flower connoisseur. Disclaimer: Written opinions do not necessarily reflect that of WebProNews or its affiliates

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  • min han

    Stability problem?
    Sharp turn?
    No !
    The ferry capsizing is NEVER SHIP’S PROBLEM !
    The Korean Ferry ‘Sewol’ disaster is not an accident But a MASSACRE by JULADIAN!
    The CAPTAIN and Crews NEVER ANNOUNCE the students to ESCAPE !
    They only ANNOUNCED “STAY in CABIN ! Don’t MOVE ! CABIN is safer place !”
    Because [ They PLAN TO KILL THE 300 high school STUDENTS! ] for their NPAD (the JULADIAN’s political party)’s victory over ELECTION !
    Why Korean reporters DON’T REPORT that MASSACRE ?
    Because All of them also the JULADIANs !
    ———————————————

    The Korean Ferry ‘Sewol’ disaster is not an accident But a MASSACRE by JULADIAN!

    The evidence,
    1. The Captain (He is a JULADIAN, JULA is south-western province of Korea) rejected
    a relief offer from fishing boats nearby when the ferry capsized.
    The Captain(a JULADIAN) REJECT the RELIEF OFFER !
    2. The Captain(JULADIAN) didn’t touch the emergency button ,which is automatically transmit an emergency signal
    once touched, when the Ferry capsized.
    The Captain DIDN’T USE AN EMERGENCY BUTTON !
    3. The Captain(JULADIAN) didn’t announce to passenger to escape the Ferry BUT
    HE and ALL CREWS, except one woman she was a arbeit crew and kept her position for
    saving LIFE the last minute and one man he was an officer of the ferry , take a first chance to escape the
    Ferry as replacing their crew uniforms with citizen’s clothes.
    The Captain and ALL CREWS (except two) escape WITHOUT their CREW UNIFORMS !
    4. On April 16th morning 9:00 AM PST, the time is 2:00 AM 17th April Korean local only after 17 hours
    the capsizing, Koreans (JULADIANs), set up a MOURN ALTAR at Korean Federation Building in Los Angeles.
    How they knew the MASSACRE only after 17 hours the Ferry capsizing ?
    5. All media in Korea report the capsizing 24 hours/ 7 days simultaneuosly as if they were waiting the capsize.
    How ? because It’s not incorrect that all reporters of all Korea media are the JULADIAN !
    6. A man, who is also JULADIAN and he said elected(?) the representative of victim’s family group,
    condemns the President Mrs PARK for the capsizing but the MAN neither were the victim’s
    family nor relatives of the victims.
    The Man(He) is only the pre-candidate of local governor election of NPAD(Face change of Unified
    Democratic PARTY, the JULADIAN political party) .
    After disclosed his identity he ranaway.

    JULADIAN means JULA-DO(province)’s tribe.
    The JULADIAN shapes Korean, speaks Korean language but NEVER the KOREAN !
    North Korea’s rulling group members also the JULADIAN that’s the reason why they murdered several million people
    in 1990’s! Killing North Korean people NOW! Because they are the JULADIAN !
    The JULADIAN IS An ANTI-MANKIND CRIMINAL GROUP !
    The JULADIAN is the enemy of FREEDOM !