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South Korea to resume lifting of sunken Sewol ferry next week

Jun 16, 2016 - 4:11 PM

The operations will resume around June 24 when the currents slow

A giant crane that will lift up the sunken Sewol ferry is seen during a salvage project in the sea off Jindo on June 12, 2016. Yonhap/AFP

Operation to lift South Korean sunken ferry suspended

Jun 14, 2016 - 12:08 PM

High waves and strong winds compelled a salvage company to put off the operation

A giant crane that will lift up the sunken Sewol ferry is seen during a salvage project in the sea off Jindo on June 12, 2016. Yonhap/AFP

Appeals court convicts South Korea ferry captain of murder

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The ruling in the southern city of Gwangju overturns a lower court decision which had acquitted Lee Jun Seok of homicide charges in November

Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (3-L) sits with other crew members inside a court room at the start of the verdict proceedings in Gwangju-city, South Korea, 11 November 2014. Ed Jones/Pool/EPA

South Korea announces plan to raise sunken Sewol ferry

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The Ministry of Public Safety and Security says the salvage operation would likely begin in September

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea vows to raise sunken ferry but angry relatives unmoved

Apr 16, 2015 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED The tense to and fro reflects the depth of the residual anger in South Korea a year after the passenger ferry went down

IN PAIN. The mother of Danwon high school teacher Yang Seung-Jin, who went missing in the Sewol ferry disaster, weeps in front of victims portraits at Jindo-port on Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea. 16 April 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Flowers and tears as families mourn South Korea ferry dead

Apr 15, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The sunken ferry remains a highly sensitive topic of heated debate a year later – not least over the question of whether it should be raised to the surface

ONE YEAR LATER. A relative of a victim of the Sewol ferry disaster stands on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo, 15 April 2015. Ed Jones/Pool/EPA

Anger runs deep a year after South Korea ferry tragedy

Apr 12, 2015 - 12:29 PM

For the relatives of the 304 victims especially the families of the 250 high school children who died the past 12 months have done little to numb the pain and grief – or the anger

SEEKING JUSTICE. Hundreds of relatives of Sewol ferry sinking victims and supports, are marching toward Presidential house while policemen block during a protest at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, 11 April 2015. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

S. Korean ferry victim families scuffle with police

Apr 11, 2015 - 8:16 PM

Hundreds of protestors attempt to march to the Blue House as the president s official residence is known

PROTEST. In this file photo, people pass by demonstrators holding portraits of the 9 victims who went missing in the Sewol ferry disaster, during a protest to collect signatures in order to salvage the sunken ship, at Gwanghwamun square in Seoul, South Korea, 26 March 2015. Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

South Korea leader considers salvaging sunken ferry

Apr 06, 2015 - 12:58 PM

Park Geun Hye: I will actively consider salvaging the ship after accepting the opinions of relatives of those still missing and experts

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea parliament passes bill on ferry compensation

Jan 12, 2015 - 6:54 PM

South Korea s parliament passes a bill to compensate relatives of victims of last year s ferry disaster in which more than 300 passengers died

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea court jails ferry operator CEO for 10 years

Nov 20, 2014 - 3:39 PM

A court determines that Kim Han Sik CEO of Chonghaejin Marine Co had allowed the ferry to be routinely overloaded and approved illegal renovations to increase its passenger capacity

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

Korea ferry captain jailed for 36 years, acquitted of murder

Nov 11, 2014 - 1:53 PM

UPDATED The ruling follows 5 months of dramatic often painful testimony in the trial of Captain Lee Jun Seok and 14 other crew members of the Sewol

Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (3-L) sits with other crew members inside a court room at the start of the verdict proceedings in Gwangju-city, South Korea, 11 November 2014. Ed Jones/Pool/EPA

South Korea halts search for bodies from sunken ferry

Nov 11, 2014 - 9:52 AM

The announcement came just hours before a court was to deliver a verdict and sentence in the murder trial of Sewol captain Lee Jun Seok

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

South Korea prosecutors seek 15 years jail for ferry CEO

Nov 06, 2014 - 2:59 PM

Prosecutors also demand jail sentences of between 4 and 6 years for 10 others on trial alongside Kim Han Sik CEO of Chonghaejin Marine Co on charges of criminal negligence

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

Anger, anguish 6 months after South Korea ferry disaster

Oct 15, 2014 - 11:46 AM

The Sewol disaster was a profound shock that plunged the entire country into mourning and raised questions about what Asia s fourth largest economy had come to and where it was going

IN MEMORIAM. South Korean pedestrians walk past yellow ribbons for victims of the Sewol ferry disaster at city hall plaza in Seoul on October 15, 2014. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

S. Korea ferry captain admits he let passengers down

Oct 07, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Lee Joon Seok and 3 senior crew members are accused of homicide through willful negligence a charge that can carry the death penalty

‘SCAPEGOAT.’ The captain of the sunken ferry Sewol, Lee Joon-Seok (L) arrives before the second day of the trial at the Gwangju District Court in Gwanju, southwestern South Korea, 17 June 2014. Photo by Kim Hee-Chil / EPA

South Korean ferry could have capsized any time – expert

Sep 16, 2014 - 1:24 PM

Expert: It was just sheer luck that the Sewol operated as it did for more than a year

Families of the capsized Sewol ferry's missing passengers visit the site of the accident aboard South Korea Coast Guard ships off South Korea's southwestern coast on 24 April 2014, to observe the search and rescue operation. Yonhap/EPA

Pope visits South Korea with Asia in his sights

Aug 13, 2014 - 11:02 PM

His five day visit to South Korea is recognition for one of Asia s fastest growing most devoted and most influential Roman Catholic communities – but the real goal is longer term and much wider ranging

HELLO ASIA. South Korean workers put up a stage in front of the Gyeongbokgung palace, which is one of five Grand palaces built, for beatification while Pope Francis will be visiting in Seoul, South Korea, 12 August 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Student survivors testify in Korea ferry trial

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:44 AM

It was the first time the survivors – all from Dawon High School in Ansan city south of Seoul – have given evidence in the trial which began more than a month ago

GRIEF. An unidentified relative of missing passengers on the sunken Sewol ferry grieves at Jindo port on Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 23 July 2014. Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

Body of fugitive South Korea ferry owner found

Jul 22, 2014 - 9:20 AM

The heavily decomposed corpse of the 73 year old Yoo was discovered on June 12 lying on the ground in a plum orchard in Suncheon

In a photo taken on July 6, 2014 a coastguard member ties a rope connected to a life ring, in Jindo harbor, where families of the victims of the Sewol ferry still unaccounted for continue to wait. Ed Jones/AFP

Student survivors of Korea ferry march to parliament

Jul 16, 2014 - 2:04 PM

The march was in support of victims families calling for the swift passage of a special bill that would set up an independent inquiry into the causes of the tragedy

In a photo taken on July 6, 2014 a coastguard member ties a rope connected to a life ring, in Jindo harbor, where families of the victims of the Sewol ferry still unaccounted for continue to wait. Ed Jones/AFP

Angry tears as wrenching video shown at S. Korea ferry trial

Jul 08, 2014 - 1:16 PM

UPDATED Captain Lee Joon Seok and three senior crew members are accused of homicide through willful negligence – a charge that can carry the death penalty

Student survivors to testify in Korea ferry trial

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:22 PM

A South Korean court begins to hear evidence in the trial of the captain and 14 crew who are charged with criminal negligence and abandoning the passengers of the Sewol ferry

ON TRIAL. The captain of the sunken ferry Sewol, Lee Joon-Seok (L) arrives before the second day of the trial at the Gwangju District Court in Gwanju, southwestern South Korea, 17 June 2014. Kim Hee-Chul/EPA

Pope sends condolences for S. Korea ferry victims

Apr 19, 2014 - 5:01 PM

Pope Francis asks the world to join him in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster

CONDOLENCES. Pope Francis prays for the victims of the South Korea ferry disaster months before his visit to the country. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/Agence France-Presse