Foreign Correspondents Ep.28
1,073-day wait for Sewol-ho ferry
The sunken Sewol-ho ferry has at last been salvaged, 1,073 days after it sunk off the west coast on April 16, 2014. Three hours after the ship ran aground, it was completely underwater, taking with it the lives of 295 passengers out of 476 and leaving nine still missing. Not one person was rescued after the ship sank, leading to criticism of a botched rescue operation. Former president Park Geun-hye dissolved the nation's coast guard in response. A special investigation committee was launched to uncover what had actually happened, but the ferry salvage operation was endlessly delayed. Only on March 23 was the ferry raised from underwater after a long wait of over 1,000 days.
With the Sewol-ho ferry now salvaged, many people are hoping it will provide answers for questions still surrounding the disaster. Despite the prosecution identifying overloading and poor navigation as the main cause of the accident, there is still rampant speculation about the ferry sinking. Another question that remains is why former president Park Geun-hye disappeared from the public eye for seven hours after the accident occurred.
This week, we sit down to take a closer look at the salvage operation and how it will help shed light on the some of the questions unanswered.