quinta-feira, 17 de abril de 2014

South Korea: shock and anguish after sinking of a ferry

The bodies of the first victims arrived at the morgue, while more than 290 people still missing. According to the authorities, 179 people could be saved, 55 of them with injuries.

Prime Minister Chung Hong-won visited the survivors and the families of the victims-mostly teenagers from a high school South of Seoul. Inconsolable mothers and fathers who can't hide the pain and anger.

The ferry was the link between the port of Incheon and Jeju Island, in the South of the peninsula, known as the Hawaii South Korean students traveled to a field trip.

The alarm was given during the morning of Wednesday, triggering a large-scale rescue operation, but the experts say that many of the passengers may have been trapped inside the vessel.

The reasons behind the sinking remain unexplained. Witnesses claim that they felt an impact followed by a huge noise.

This is the greatest maritime disaster occurred in South Korea in more than 20 years.

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