Sinking of the MV Sewol

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Sinking of the MV Sewol

Sinking of the MV Sewol- is it the captain to blame?

Sewol, a South Korean ferry capsized while carrying 476 people (mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School). On May 15, 2014 the captain and 3 crew members were charged with murder, while the other 11 members of the crew were indicted for abandoning the ship.



ship capsized

2-low efficiency of rescue work (rescue teams)

3-Reaction of passengers (passengers)


Sewol reports incident


Jeju control centre replies Sewol



Jeju control centre sends escape signal

1-the use of marine rescue towing apparatus(rescue teams)

Was there muff of the others?

Number of Victims

He was the first one escaping and abandoned the ship, after thinking that he had broadcasted the escape signal.

Captain of Sewol

It was just as much as the Titanic.

South Korea has high technological apparatus such as this marine towing apparatus. Rescue teams were there prepared however no one attempted to make use of it and it was totally useless even the apparatus was there.

South Korean high-tech Longterm diving suits were sent 3 days after the sinking. Divers brought axes underwater which cannot be used due to water force. Squid-fishing boat lights were arranged for providing strong light into the ship for rescue work's convenience sake however was too late since the wreck has sunk too deep.

2003.2.18If we go back 11 years before, the Daegu Subway Fire is similar to the sinking of the Sewol. Passengers are in their seat even smoke was all around. The first one escaping the scene was the train driver.

Passengers of ferry Sewol (mostly secondary students) obeyed the captain's broadcasts and stayed at their positions and did not doubt whether they should escape even the ship was sinking.

Captain of Sewol broadcasts escape message (unheard)

Personal PositionTo discuss the trategy in a whole there I personally does not think that the captain should not carry the sole-responsibility. Although he abandoned ship, the passengers might have been rescued if the rescue teams were better. This reflects the weak rescue systems of South Korea, causing so many deaths and injuries. Furthermore, the government does not have suitable arrangment thus creating great fury and sorrow among parents of the students on board. This may cause an unstable situation in South Korea if it wasnt handled appropriately.


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