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UPDATE: Third Officer, Not Captain at the Helm of Korean Ferry When Accident Occurred
8 hours 32 min ago

JINDO, South Korea -- The captain of the Sewol was not at the helm of the ship when the ship capsized according to authorities at a press conference this morning. The third officer was at the wheel of the ship when the accident occurred, further adding mystery to what actually happened before disaster struck on the ship's journey.

"It is not clear where (the captain) was when the accident occurred, although it is clear that he was not in the steering room before the...

Death Toll Rises to 14, Bad Weather Hampers Search Efforts
23 hours 55 min ago

JINDO, South Korea -- Bad weather is delaying search and rescue operations for 282 missing passengers who had been aboard a ferry, which sank off the country’s southern coast on Wednesday. 14 passengers have been confirmed dead by the Chosun Ilbo.

Members of the UDT/SEAL and civilian divers attempted to enter the hull early this morning, but failed to do so due to strong currents. The weather further worsened in the afternoon, suspending rescue operations. 

President Park Visits Shipwreck Site, Families of Passengers
1 day 1 hour ago

JINDO, South Korea -- President Park Geun-hye has visited the site where a ferry carrying 475 passengers sank off the country’s southern coast on Wednesday. 

The president today arrived at Seomang Port on the southern island of Jindo, South Jeolla Province. She took a boat to the capsized ship to check on rescue efforts by the military and coast guard officials. Nine passengers are confirmed dead and around 287 people are still unaccounted for. 

Park asked the...

Ship Captain Apologizes, Under Investigation for Negligence
1 day 8 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- The captain of the ship at the center of the ongoing search for 287 missing people apologized today to grieving family members.

The captain, Lee Joon-seok, was an eight-year veteran of the ship, though the main captain who had 20 years experience was off on vacation.

"I'm sorry. I'm at a loss for words," he said as he bowed, refusing to take questions while wearing a hoodie which covered his face.

The captain has been questioned for negligence in the...

8 Confirmed Killed, 288 Still Missing as Search Continues in Day 2
1 day 11 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- Eight people have been confirmed killed, with the fate of 288 others unknown, in the sinking of a South Korean ferry off the country's southwestern coast, officials said early Thursday. 

As military divers and other rescuers resumed a desperate search for survivors shortly after noon yesterday, two more bodies were recovered, the Coast Guard announced. 

The death toll is feared to soar, as search-and-rescue efforts have been hampered by swift...

UPDATE: Four Dead, Nearly 300 Still Missing in Ferry Accident
2 days 1 hour ago

UPDATE: 2:13 p.m. Thursday local time: Ship Captain Apologizes, Under Investigation

UPDATE: 10:40 a.m. Thursday local time: 8 Confirmed Dead, 288 Still Missing

BUSAN, South Korea -- A ferry carrying...

Rescue Underway for Sinking South Korean Ship Carrying 320 High School Students
2 days 10 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- A ship carrying 350 passengers, including 320 students is currently sinking in waters off Jindo, South Jeolla Province according to local and international reports.

According to Yonhap News, the ship was heading to Jeju Island when it apparently collided with rocks during heavy fog. The students from Danwon High School in Ansan, was heading to the island for an educational excursion.

As of 10:30 a.m. over 120 have been rescued according to ...

"Baby Box" Project Fails Due to Opposition
3 days 2 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- An attempt to install a "Baby Box" in Busan failed after a Sasang-gu social organization abandoned the project due to controversy surrounding the project. 

The representative of the foundation said it had protected a newborn baby who was born to a teenage unmarried mother in Daegu on April 5th. However, the mother only reported it in one day. The foundation was investigated over the incident. 

The organization had been lobbying for three...

Suspended Olympic Badminton Champion Reinstated
3 days 3 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae, suspended earlier for failing to follow anti-doping protocol, has been reinstated, officials here said today, a dramatic turn of events that allows the shuttler to compete at this year's Asian Games on home soil. 

Shin Geh-ryuen, head of the Badminton Korea Association (BKA), announced at a press conference that one-year suspensions imposed earlier on Lee and a second South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, have been lifted....

Lotus Lantern Festival's Set for April, May
4 days 8 hours ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The large-scale lotus lantern festival will be held in Busan before the day of Buddha's birthday on May 6th. 

The Busan Lotus Lantern Festival is held with the subject of "Happiness will come if we share" around Yongdo Mountain Park, Gudeok Stadium and Gwangbok-ro from 18th to 27th of this month. 

During the festival, the lotus lantern parade is prepared with the high light over 10 meters, the creative lights exhibition and lamp...

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