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Last message to South Korea ferry victim: 'Have you been rescued?'

May 26, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The last message on the phone asked whether the person had been rescued urging them to use someone else s phone and contact me if theirs was not working

LIFTED. This handout photo provided and taken on March 25, 2017 by the South Korean Maritime Ministry shows workers removing wires tied the wreck of the Sewol ferry (L) from a barge after the ferry was placed onto a submersible vessel before it is towed to the nearest port, off the coast of the southern South Korean island of Jindo. Handout photo from the South Korean Maritime Ministry/AFP

Dead student from sunken South Korea ferry identified

May 25, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Cho Eun Hwa a 17 year old girl from Danwon High School is named by the maritime ministry in a statement

SEWOL REMAINS. This handout photo provided and taken on March 23, 2017 by Hankook Ilbo shows workers checking on the surface of the damaged Sewol ferry between two barges during a salvage operation to bring the sunken ship back to surface, at sea off the southwestern island of Jindo. Photo by Hankook Ilbo/AFP

Dead student's remains found on sunken South Korea ferry

May 19, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Bones retrieved Tuesday from the third floor of the salvaged ship matched X rays and dental records from Huh Da Yun the maritime ministry says in a press statement

SEWOL FERRY. This handout photo provided and taken on March 23, 2017 by Hankook Ilbo shows workers checking on the surface of the damaged Sewol ferry between two barges during a salvage operation to bring the sunken ship back to surface, at sea off the southwestern island of Jindo. File photo by Hankook Ilbo/ AFP

More human bones recovered from sunken South Korean ferry

May 13, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Results from the DNA test will be known in a month

LIFTED. This handout photo provided and taken on March 25, 2017 by the South Korean Maritime Ministry shows workers removing wires tied the wreck of the Sewol ferry (L) from a barge after the ferry was placed onto a submersible vessel before it is towed to the nearest port, off the coast of the southern South Korean island of Jindo. AFP File Photo

South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry reaches port at last

Mar 31, 2017 - 12:19 PM

UPDATED A semi submersible ship carrying the wreck has docked alongside a pier at the southwestern harbor of Mokpo according to an Agence France Presse photographer on the scene

LIFTED. This handout photo provided and taken on March 25, 2017 by the South Korean Maritime Ministry shows workers removing wires tied the wreck of the Sewol ferry (L) from a barge after the ferry was placed onto a submersible vessel before it is towed to the nearest port, off the coast of the southern South Korean island of Jindo. Handout photo from the South Korean Maritime Ministry/AFP

Sewol ferry 'remains' are animal bones – South Korea ministry

Mar 28, 2017 - 3:06 PM

5th UPDATE Authorities earlier said the pieces were human The maritime ministry however corrects its initial statement saying According to test results by the National Forensic Service they have been confirmed to be 7 animal bone fragments

LIFTED. This handout photo provided and taken on March 25, 2017 by the South Korean Maritime Ministry shows workers removing wires tied the wreck of the Sewol ferry (L) from a barge after the ferry was placed onto a submersible vessel before it is towed to the nearest port, off the coast of the southern South Korean island of Jindo. Handout photo from the South Korean Maritime Ministry/AFP

South Korea's Sewol ferry lifted onto salvage ship

Mar 24, 2017 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED The Sewol is likely to be docked at Mokpo early April where the wreck will be searched for bodies

LIFTED. This handout photo provided and taken on March 25, 2017 by the South Korean Maritime Ministry shows workers removing wires tied the wreck of the Sewol ferry (L) from a barge after the ferry was placed onto a submersible vessel before it is towed to the nearest port, off the coast of the southern South Korean island of Jindo. Handout photo from the South Korean Maritime Ministry/AFP

South Korea raises sunken Sewol ferry

Mar 23, 2017 - 8:24 AM

3rd UPDATE It comes nearly 3 years after the disaster killed more than 300 people and dealt a crippling blow to now ousted president Park Geun Hye

RISING FROM THE SEA. This handout photo provided and taken on March 23, 2017 by the South Korean Maritime Ministry shows the wreck of the Sewol ferry during a salvage operation to bring the sunken ship back to surface, at sea off the southwestern island of Jindo. South Korea Maritime Ministry/AFP

South Korea begins raising sunken ferry

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Two enormous barges are positioned on either side of the 6 825 ton ship and air bags are inserted for the salvage effort which is being led by a Chinese consortium

RAISING SEWOL. A Chinese salvage vessel (C) undertakes recovery operations on the wreck of the submerged Sewol ferry, off the island of Donggeochado on March 22, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

South Korea court rejects Park's evidence on disaster mystery

Jan 10, 2017 - 3:57 PM

Park s lawyers say that she had felt unwell on the morning of the disaster and stayed at her residence instead of her office

An empty court is seen before the first hearing arguments for South Korea's President Park Geun-hye's impeachment trial at the Constitutional Court in Seoul on January 3, 2017. Kim Hong-Ji/AFP

South Korea protesters demand president's removal, ferry salvage

Jan 07, 2017 - 8:44 PM

Park was impeached by parliament last month over an influence peddling scandal and the Constitutional Court now has to decide whether to confirm the impeachment

RESIGN NOW. Protesters carry portraits of South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye during a protest demanding the impeached President resign immediately in Seoul on January 7, 2017. Hundreds of thousands of protestors returned to the streets of Seoul on January 7, demanding impeached President Park Geun-Hye's immediate removal and the salvaging of a sunken ferry which left more than 300 dead. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Ferry tragedy probed as South Korea impeachment hearing opens

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:33 PM

President Park Geun Hye s response to the tragedy was one of the issues cited when parliament voted for her impeachment and she faces growing pressure to explain what she was doing on the day

TRIAL BEGINS. (Top L-R) South Korea's Constitutional Court judges Lee Jin-Sung, Lee Jung-Mi and Kang Il-Won attend a hearing into whether to confirm the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, at the Constitutional Court in Seoul on December 22, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

South Korea sees long wait for Sewol ferry salvage

Oct 17, 2016 - 3:37 PM

With work suspended numerous times due to bad weather and other issues the timeline for raising the Sewol has been repeatedly put back

This handout photo taken on June 12, 2016 and released by South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries via Yonhap shows a large buoy being lifted by a giant floating crane during a salvage project to bring the sunken Sewol ferry back to surface in the sea off Jindo. South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries/Yonhap/AFP

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

South Korea begins operation to lift sunken ferry

Jun 12, 2016 - 5:36 PM

A salvage firm begins a difficult and costly operation to raise a sunken South Korean ferry which capsized at sea more than two years ago

Two years after tragedy, cranes brace to raise Korea ferry

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:10 AM

The purpose of our salvage operation is to bring back the 9 missing bodies safely to the families says an official from South Korea s Maritime Ministry

SECOND ANNIVERSARY. South Korean visitors look out to sea as they stand between letters and yellow ribbons for Sewol ferry sinking victims left at Jindo-port, on Jindo Island, in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, April 15, 2016, a day ahead of the two-year anniversary of the Sewol ferry accident. File photo by Kim Chul-soo/EPA

South Korea ferry captain murdered passengers – Supreme Court

Nov 12, 2015 - 3:37 PM

Ruling: Captain Lee made it impossible for passengers to leave the ship on their own by escaping from the ship first without issuing an evacuation order

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

Salvage experts start survey of sunken South Korean ferry

Aug 19, 2015 - 3:22 PM

South Korean officials announced last month that a consortium led by China s state run Shanghai Salvage had won the bid for the salvage operation

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

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

Ferry disaster protestors, police clash in Seoul

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:31 PM

The protestors attempt to join a group of the victims families who had been staging a 2 day sit in nearby

PROTEST. South Korean protesters scuffle with police as they march towards the presidential residence during a rally for victims of the sunken Sewol ferry and against the South Korean government's policy, in Seoul, South Korea, 18 April 2015. The protesters gather to demand the vessel's recovery and resignation of South Korean president Park Geun-Hye. Jeon Heon-Kyun/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

Parents of S. Korean ferry victims complete marathon protest march

Apr 05, 2015 - 7:21 PM

Almost a year after relatives of the victims demand an independent investigation into what caused the fatal disaster

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

Grieving parents of Korean ferry victims start long march

Apr 04, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Almost a year has passed since the tragedy but the president has not delivered on her promise We are going to Seoul to hear from her says a representative of the families

Relatives of missing loved ones in the Sewol ferry sinking having their heads shaved during a protest on Gwanghwanmun Square in Seoul, South Korea, April 2, 2015. File photo by Yang Ji-woong/EPA

Parents of S. Korea ferry victims shave heads in protest

Apr 02, 2015 - 5:23 PM

Ten at a time the parents – wearing yellow slogan daubed barber s gowns – sit on plastic stools in the middle of the capital s main ceremonial thoroughfare to have their heads shaved

SHAVED HEADS. Family members of the victims of the April 2014 ferry disaster that claimed more than 300 lives have their heads shaved at Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul, South Korea, 02 April 2015, in a protest demanding the vessel's recovery and the truth behind the accident on 16 April 2014. Photo by 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

Binay-Trillanes debate, S. Korea ferry captain, APEC free trade | The wRap

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Vice President Binay withdraws from his scheduled debate The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April is jailed for 36 years And Asia Pacific leaders back China’s free trade roadmap

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

Divers find body six months after Korea ferry disaster

Oct 28, 2014 - 6:00 PM

The body is found inside a women s restroom in the ferry that sank six months ago

HELPING IN SEARCH. Civilian divers jump into the sea to search for missing passengers in the sinking of the ferry Sewol. Photo by EPA/Yonhap News Agency

Prosecutors seek death penalty for Korea ferry captain

Oct 27, 2014 - 4:07 PM

South Korean prosecutors also seek life sentences for three senior crew members as the trial of Captain Lee Joon Seok and 14 Sewol crew wound up in the southern city of Gwangju

LEE JOON-SEOK. 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

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

Jail term demanded for son of South Korean ferry owner

Oct 08, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Yoo Dae Kyun 44 is charged with siphoning off more than 7 million from Chonghaejin Marine Co the operator of the stricken ferry that sank in April and its 6 sister companies between 2002 and late last year

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

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

Funeral of disaster-hit ferry owner starts in S. Korea

Aug 30, 2014 - 1:42 PM

Yoo Byung Eun the head of the family which owned the Sewol ferry that sank in April will be buried on Sunday He was the subject of a national manhunt but his badly decomposed body was discovered in June

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

Forensic exam of Korea ferry owner's body inconclusive

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Reports say the body of Yoo Byung Eun had been found June 12 in a fruit orchard in an extremely advanced state of decomposition

MOURNING. 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

100 days on, thousands mourn Sewol ferry victims

Jul 24, 2014 - 10:09 PM

Thousands gather to mourn the sea tragedy that claimed around 300 lives

Relatives and other people hold a candlelight vigil for the victims and missing persons of the sunken Sewol ferry at Jindo-port on Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 23 July 2014, 100 days after the disaster. EPA/Kim Chul-Soo

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

3 months later, body recovered from Korea ferry

Jul 18, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Rescue authorities find the body of a female inside a dining hall of the upturned ferry

ONE MORE FOUND. The second-year students of Danwon High School enter the school in Ansan, south of Seoul, South Korea, 25 June 25, 2014, for their first class since the Sewol ferry disaster. Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

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