[221], Yoo Byung-eun, former chairman of Chonghaejin Marine, ignored Incheon District Prosecutors' Office summons,[222][223][224] and went into hiding. The Incheon branch then talked with the first mate in five telephone calls over the next 35 minutes. [29]:17 It had made the round trip a total of 241 times until the day of the incident. A subsequent investigation by the Moon administration launched in October 2017 revealed President Park Geun-hye spent crucial early hours of the rescue operation in her bedroom, meeting with Choi Soon-sil and also getting her hair done before attending emergency meetings at 5pm, 8 hours following the sinking. [29]:40 Immediately after giving the order, she heard Cho exclaim "The wheel isn't working" in a flustered voice, after which the ship started listing. About three minutes after all communications were cut, about 150 to 160 passengers and crew jumped overboard. [300] The ship was loaded onto self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) while on the vessel, which then transported it to shore. The captain escaped and the country's presidential office focused on getting a camera to the scene after a distress call. Shipping is regulated by the Korean Shipping Association, which is also an industry trade group, which experts consider a likely conflict of interest. [96] At 9:01 a.m., a crew member on Sewol called the Incheon branch of Chonghaejin to report the situation, and Chonghaejin's head office located in Jeju then called Captain Lee at 9:03 a.m. for a report of the situation. [279] The chairman and CEO of Korean Register of Shipping, Chon Young-Kee, resigned on 28 April, following raids on KR offices by South Korean prosecutors. [116], Videos recording passengers during the capsizing have been recovered. [234] Amongst 15 crew accused of the sinking, prosecutors sought the death penalty for Captain Lee under the charge of homicide and the prosecution told the court that he failed to carry out his duty. [134] At the same time, the Ministry of Health and Welfare sent emergency vehicles and the first squad of the Disaster Medical Support Team (재난의료지원팀) to Jindo. [45] He was hired on a one-year contract, with a monthly salary of ₩2.7 million (roughly US$2,500). [67] The overall effect was that the ship turned about 45 degrees to the right, then rotated 22 degrees on the spot for a span of 20 seconds. All three went down with the sinking vessel. [188] The ship's crew agreed that the main cause was the sudden turn. The documentary was nominated for Best Documentary Short in the 2020 Oscars. [18] Out of 476 passengers and crew, 304 died in the disaster, including around 250 students from Danwon High School (Ansan City). 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The vessel docked at Mokpo, where ALE were contracted to unload the ship using the SPMTs. On 22 July 2014, police revealed that they had established that a dead man found in a field 415 kilometres (258 mi) south of Seoul was Yoo. [140] At 8:00, operations investigating the ship's hull were ceased. [13] Captain Lee also instructed passengers to stay put and did not change the order even as he was leaving the ship. [80], Captain Lee, who was in his private cabin at the time of the incident,[81] immediately rushed to the bridge. 123 to be dispatched to the scene; the vessel was launched at 8:58 a.m.[95][96] Following the Coast Guard search and rescue manual, the boat was to be in charge of surveying the area and "swiftly" rescuing passengers. [17] The 6,825-ton vessel sent a distress signal from about 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) north of Byeongpungdo at 08:58 KST (23:58 UTC, 15 April 2014). Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeENFRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7http://f24.my/YTliveENA South Korean court has extended the sentence of the captain of the Sewol ferry that sunk last year to life. Lee Joon-Seok, the captain of the Sewol ferry, plus two navigators and a chief engineer could receive the death sentence if convicted, although that penalty is very unlikely to be carried out. Just stay where you are. The Sewol captain and three of his crew members were first put on homicide trial in 2014 as they were the first to abandon the ferry when it listed and started to sink, failing to rescue hundreds of passengers on board. [42] The ship was commanded by 69-year-old Captain Lee Joon-seok,[43] who had been brought in as a replacement for the regular captain. The VTS retracted the warning around 8:35 p.m., and the Shipping Association removed the restriction on Sewol's departure after checking the weather conditions with the operator of the Palmido lighthouse and consulting with the Korean Coast Guard. [114] Most of the student passengers obeyed the announcements. [84] During this time, Park was crying, as she was taken aback by the sudden incident; this lasted until at least 9:06 a.m.[78][85] With the engines off, Sewol became unable to change directions and began drifting sideways. 123 was appointed the commander of the scene. 123 arrived at the scene near 9:30 a.m.[96] as the first ship to reach the site after the incident. [78] During this time, Oh Yong-seok, an off-duty helmsman who was sleeping in his cabin, was awakened when he was thrown against its port side. [26] An arrest warrant was also issued for Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of Chonghaejin Marine, which operated Sewol, but he could not be found despite a nationwide manhunt. [264][265] Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe offered sympathy to the victims. [150] Starting around 2:00 p.m., rescue operations were practically stopped due to bad weather conditions. [298] A Chinese consortium, Shanghai Salvage Company, was contracted by the South Korean government to carry out the salvage operation. Lead prosecutor Park Jae-eok said: "Lee supplied the cause of the sinking of the Sewol...he has the heaviest responsibility for the accident. [102], At 9:23 a.m., the VTS ordered the crew to inform the passengers to wear life jackets. Around 8:20 a.m. when the ship was about 2–3 miles from entering the Maenggol Channel, Park ordered Cho to change the steering system from autopilot to manual steering. [280], On 18 April 2014, the rescued vice principal of Danwon High School, Kang Min-kyu, 52, committed suicide by hanging himself. [167] The officers' belief was apparently confirmed by a police officer in the Danwon Police Department. [51] The Register had noted in a stability test report dated 24 January 2014 that Sewol had become 'too heavy and less stable after modifications were made. According to Park's testimony, after she had used the radar to check that Sewol's course was changed and the current course was set to 140 degrees, she ordered Cho to change the course of the ship further to 145 degrees. [91] Other crew members corroborated this order, instructing passengers to stay put. [244][245] In 2016, the full extent of Choi's ties to Park emerged in South Korean media, which caused a corruption scandal that ultimately resulted in Park's impeachment by the National Assembly on 9 December 2016. If possible, verify the text with references provided in the foreign-language article. [212] By 26 April, twelve further arrests had been made with the whole crew responsible for navigation in detention. [99] For the next two minutes, Jindo VTS alerted two other ships that Sewol was sinking, with one confirming that it had visual contact with the ship. [133] Rescuers made announcements for five minutes, calling people to abandon ship and jump into the water. [236], On 11 November 2014, the Gwangju District Court found Captain Lee Jun-seok guilty of negligence and sentenced him to 36 years' imprisonment. The ROK Army sent units including 150 Special Warfare Command soldiers and eleven ambulances. [152], At 10:50 a.m. on 18 April,[153] the coast guard began pumping in air to support possible air pockets. [27] She was originally named Ferry Naminoue and was operated from 1994 to 2012[28] as a transport ship for cargo and passengers by the Japanese company A-Line Ferry. Hide Caption 39 of 55 At this point, 196 personnel, including 82 in the SSU and 114 in the ROK Naval Special Warfare Flotilla were involved in the operations. [130] During the time between the dispatch and the operations, No. [79] Around this time, Cho stopped the engines, although it is unknown whether it was on his own volition or following an order from Lee. A South Korean ferry named Sewol sank on the 16th of April 2014 and 304 people died. [131] People trapped inside the pilothouse were rescued by breaking through the windows. The image accompanying the post had a caption stating, 'One small movement, big miracles'. [151] A marine crane arrived on the scene at night. "[237], In the cases against officials over the overloading of cargo, Kim Han-sik, Chonghaejin Marine's chief executive, was found guilty of negligence and received a ten-year prison term. As criticism of her handling of the disaster grew stronger, the Park administration established a commission to monitor and prosecute her critics. 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