Sewol Ferry

The Sewol Ferry Disaster in South Korea.

(EDIT: Clarifying this in case it becomes a problem later on. I am not a professional reporter, neither am I writing this post due to a request from a professional reporter. I gain no profit from this post. I have merely written this because the lack of truth everywhere has angered me very much.)

Please do not scroll past this. This is lengthy, but please take care to read it. Our government is lying to us and trying to shut up the efforts of the families of the missing who are trying to tell the truth.

1.There were constant miscommunications and false announcements in the process of the rescue mission.

On April 18th morning, there were reports on KBS that the mission team managed to enter the Sewol ferry, and that they were now in the dining room where many of the missing passengers were believed to be held.

(screencap of the KBS footage that was included in a report from Nyuseutapa(뉴스타파), a news report podcast.)

This was an official governmental report from the Central Disaster and Safety Management Ministry from the Safety Administration. However, there was another announcement an hour later from the Equipment and Technology minister of the maritime police, Myeong-seok Koh. The announcement was that the report was false. From about 11:30 a.m. to 15:30 p.m., different news websites made contrasting reports about the situation with some websites saying that the report was false and some saying that it was true. And at 15:30 p.m., there was another official announcement from the Central Disaster and Safety Management Ministry that the mission team had in fact failed to enter the ferry. It was later revealed that the maritime police’s position was that there was no confirmation whether the entering had succeeded or not, and yet the government decided to officially announce it without any solid information.

(There is a report about this which you can watch here.)

This is only one example of the constant false announcements from the government that were marked as official. At the initial stage of the disaster, the Central Disaster and Safety Management Ministry announced that 368 people had been rescued only to change it to 175 people. Even that number was later proved to be false when the father of one student searched literally everywhere - the Paengmok port (the port near to the site of the disaster), the hospital, even the sewers for his daughter. Only then was it confirmed that the announcement of 175 survivors was false and the daughter who had been on the rescued list was in fact one of the missing. Even when the government announced that there were 555 people, 121 helicopters and 69 ships working on the mission, that announcement was later confirmed to be false when the family of the missing saw that there were not even 200 people working on the mission. Also there were only 2 helicopters and 10 ships.

Even the report that a marine diver had lost his life on the search was later turned out to be untrue. The said marine had lost his life from falling while changing the light bulbs of one of the ships.

(One of the news outlets with the false report on the death of the marine.)

2. There is hardly anything being done on the rescue mission and the government announcements and the media reports are making it seem otherwise. During nighttime, star shells have to be used in order to continue the search and the government announced that they were doing so. However, when KBS was showing a footage of a star shell exploding and brightening the site of the disaster, (20:30 p.m.), civilian rescuers and two rescue teams were on standby because there were no star shells to work with. When the families of the missing requested for star shells to the person in charge, it took 20 minutes to get the permission for their use and 40 minutes for the plane they can use it with. 

Also, on the first night of the disaster, when the government had announced that the rescue mission was ongoing, the families of the missing borrowed a fishing boat and visited the site. According to the family member Joong-yeol Kim, there was not a single ship within 100m radius of the disaster site. Even when the family members approached right next to the ship, there was no rescue team or ship to stop them. 

(You can hear this interview here.)

(EDIT: Listen to the April 17th report if you wish to hear the interview.)

And when president Geun-hye Park visited the site, the whole mission had to be paused for three hours for her visit.

3. The government is trying to stop the families of the missing from telling the truth. The families of the missing, angered by the constant false announcements and lack of control in resources decided to pay a protest visit the Cheongwadae (residential area of the president). It turned out that there were plain clothes policemen sent among them and they reported about this. Consequently, 10 police buses were sent and the police stopped the family members from advancing.

(Police members stopping the progress of the family members.)

TL;DR: The government is lying. They are saying they have concentrated huge amount of resources on the rescue mission and that they have made progress, but it is all a lie. IN FACT, THEY ARE ACTUALLY USING POLICE MEMBERS TO RESTRAIN THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE PROTESTING ABOUT THIS. THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSSIBLY LOST THEIR CHILDREN, SISTERS, AND BROTHERS FOREVER ARE LITERALLY BEING STOPPED FROM TELLING THE PRESIDENT HOW LITTLE WORK IS ACTUALLY BEING DONE. PLEASE READ AND PLEASE SPREAD THIS.

Pray for Korea and the victims, please.

I don’t know if a lot of people would read this but it is a really dark time in Korea. 

About three days ago, the cruise ship Sewol, with about 350 high school students who were on their way to a field trip, sank. 

The ship’s maximum boarding limit was 900 people. Only 476 people were on that boat but they could only rescue 80 people. 28 are dead, 11 of them are the Danwon High School students. and 268 are now missing. It’s been three fucking days and they say that the 250 missing kids are unlikely to be alive. 

The Ship’s captain was a 69 year old man who ordered a 26 year old new comer to steer the ship while he took a nap. When they started sinking, he told all the students to stay where they were and wait.

INSTEAD OF TELLING THE STUDENTS TO IMMEDIATELY RUN TO THE DECK, HE ANNOUNCED THEM TO STAY PUT WHILE HE ESCAPED VIA HELICOPTER

The ship started to sink around 9am and it took about two hours until the ship flipped over to the side. The crew members, however, apparently announced them to stay put while some of them managed to get on life boats or the chopper. 

Funny thing is, the one who called the sink in wasn’t the captain or a crew member. IT WAS A PARENT who received messages from his kid who told him that the boat was starting to tip and water started flooding in. 

Even after the initial report, it took the coastal guards an hour to check it out, not to rescue, but to see what was going on. After that, the whole navy seal, UDT, divers were on there way.

The ship turned over to its side and caused many of the kids who were still inside to injure themselves. The exits were blocked and unreachable and i believe many of the students did not make it out of the ship. Some people say that the kids inside could still be alive through air pockets but its been almost 72 hours since the sink and the most likely situation is that they are dead. 

The one thing that pisses me off the most is the vile approach of the media and the social network services right now. News Networks are reporting unconfirmed facts to have “exclusive” news reports, confusing the entire nation about the current situation. Facebook and Twitter is full of bullshit government conspiracy theories, and some idiot fucks are making fake fb messages or posts from the victims still inside the ship. The SNS is also spreading vicious lies/unconfirmed facts about the sink and deliberately tricking many of us. I can’t believe anything right now because they report something one moment and then they apologize for it because it turns out that most of the facts were fake. What the fuck is wrong with this country. Reporters and journalists are badgering the survivors, survivors who barely made it alive and who suffer from extreme trauma. Their friends are DEAD and some dumb fucks want to traumatize them even further for a story.

Now honestly, I find it extremely hard to firmly believe that the missing 250 students are alive. It’s been three days, a storm hit the site, the water was freezing, The students who might have been able to make it out alive would not have survived the freezing sea. 

I am frustrated because the ship, the captain and the crew members did a shitty job. They did not provide any safety announcements, and instead of calmly guiding and leading the students to safety, they were the first ones to escape. Leaving hundreds of 16, 17 year old high schools students to die. 

It’s just too painful for me to watch the news right now. Some of my acquaintances have children who were on the boat and some of them still missing. I can’t imagine and never can understand the pain and frustration the parents might be feeling. 

I can only pray for the safe return of the students or at least the recovery of all their bodies while they are still intact.

Please pray for us. Pray for the Students and the people still missing. Pray for the parents of the victims. Pray for our nation, Pray for Korea because it is a devastating time for all of us 

UPDATE: I’ve seen some people saying that the numbers are wrong. for some of the numbers, they are approximations of the total people and some of them are not the exact numbers. 

To clarify, 476 people were on board. However, the numbers change frequently because the Sewol Ferry company did a shitty job in keeping their list of people on board. About 2~3 people may be added or subtracted from this number.

And please remember, i am not a journalist nor someone who has direct sources to the sink (but honestly, no one does right now.) The information here is CONFIRMED facts and none of those unconfirmed/made up bull shit. 

I didn’t mention the people rescued so here is the current, death/missing/save count. 

RESCUED: 174

DEAD: 29

MISSING: 273

UPDATE: The Vice Principal was rescued from this whole disaster but he committed suicide yesterday. It is a tragedy and all of our thoughts and prayers goes to him, Danwon High School, and Korea. 

UPDATE

RESCUED: 174

DEAD: 104

MISSING: 198

[TWITTER] Zico Attends the Funeral of a BBC

[FAN TO ZICO] Oppa Thank you Thank you so much..Please take care wherever you goㅎㅎ

[ZICO TO FAN] You have to stay strong.!

T/N: There was a post on Nate which explained something that was connected to the tragic Sewol Ferry disaster. The post said that the younger sister’s body had been found at sea. The family members of the young girl knew of the celebrity that she was a fan of and contacted an acquaintance who was able to contact the celebrity’s manager. The celebrity attended the funeral of the younger sister and consoled the family. The celebrity was BLOCK B’s Zico.

Please note that the translation above is a direct translation of the nate post.

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For those who are not aware of the misdeed of Captain:

I didn’t want to post anything about the tragic accident of South Korean ferry because it has already broken my heart into pieces but I saw some misunderstood opinions online and thought this isn’t right. 

Captain’s behaviour was completely HUMAN?!! WTF am I reading. That son of Satan knew he was sailing on a wrong track and when he figured out the ship was malfunctioning, he announced the passengers to stay still. What did he do after that?  He gave up the ship and ran for his life leaving all 474 people behind. 

What’s more,

After he got rescued and sent to a hopital, he was drying a bunch of paper money on a radiator. WTF????!!! Does this even make sense? SAVING MONEY INSTEAD OF HUNDREDS OF LIVES????????? Do you still think his behaviour was COMPLETELY HUMAN?????

Remember this line from Pirates of Caribbean ( Captain J. Sparrow) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (John Harrison) :

No ship should go down without her captain.

I am truely devastated by the news that more deaths are confirmed. We shall not lose hope for our young students and other victims down under somewhere dark and cold. RIP to the bravest heroes who died while saving others and those who deserved a better life. Let there be mercy.

Jeong Chawoong, The first student found dead in Sewol Ferry, was a brave man who gave his livejacket to his friend and went back into water to save other friends in cabin.

On his desk in the classroom in Danwon High, we found a bottle full of paper stars and a love letter on it.

“Dear Chawoong!
I had a crush on you for a year. I was going to tell you how I feel, but why aren’t you coming back? I’m waiting for you…
I don’t care if you turn down on me, just come back… I’ll be happy by just stealing a look at you. Please come back.
Would you give me a chance to see you again? Stop breaking my heart and come back… I miss your bright smile.
I should’ve told you how I felt. I should’ve told you I love you. I regret it so much. I miss you Chawoong…”

[UPDATE] South Korea Ferry Disaster - "The Day Korea Stopped"

On the field of Dan-Wan (단원), AKA the school of the graduate students who were aboard on the Sewol, hundreds of people gathered from 8PM on April 17th (their time), to light candles and express their worry. 

During the time it was raining, however, instead of using candles, they used their smartphones to light up the field. 

Some of the messages written for the still-missing victims are heart-breaking. 

One mother wrote: 

배고프지? 엄마랑 밥 먹자’

You’re hungry, right? Let’s eat together soon. 

One student wrote: 

제발 언니, 오빠들이 무사히 돌아올 수 있기만을 바랄 뿐…..; 제발 모두 살아서 돌아오기를 바란다

Please, I only want my sisters [female graduates], brothers [male graduates] to come back safely…..; Please, I pray that they all return alive.

(Please keep in mind that sisters also mean older females and likewise with brothers. in Korea) 

One older brother wrote:

동생들이 비가 오는 밤 배안에서 춥지는않을지, 배는 고프지 않을지 걱정된다”고 눈물을 보였다.

In a rainy weather such as this, I worry that my younger siblings may be cold or hungry while in the ship. 

Another wrote: 

날씨도 추운데 배안에서 구조의 손길을 기다릴 학생들을 생각하니 눈물만 나온다 

If I think about the students who are waiting for the rescuers in the ship during this cold weather, only tears come out. 

Please remember to keep not only the victims in your prayers but also the families, friends, and the whole country. The school is closed until next week Wednesday due to not being able to focus from the tragedy.

Please also be wary that this topic may be a trigger topic to many people (me included) and may take it very seriously if read on their dash. When I first read this article, I burst into tears during class and had to go to the sick room. If I read about anything of this sort on my dashboard, I immediately feel light headed and tears overwhelm me. Please be cautious before reblogging. I simply want to share these quotes.

Read the article here [Korean Naver]. 

Current Stats: 

475 Total Aboard 476 Total Aboard
Dead: 18 24 25 26 28 29 33 50 64
Missing: 278 272 271 270 268 273 269 252 238
Rescued: 179 174
As written here (4/17/2014, 11:40PM) As updated on KBS twitter. As updated on SBS twitter.  As updated on naver.  As updated on KBS Twitter. As updated on KBS Twitter and KBS Livestream. As updated on KBS Twitter

Please excuse my terrible english, it’s not my first language. 

For more translated updates on this disaster, you can click here for the tag. 

Block B's Zico attends funeral of Sewol ferry victim; dedicates rap to her at "Blockbuster" concert

The family of a young girl who lost her life in the Sewol ferry disaster made efforts to contact Block B’s Zico, knowing that their daughter was a huge fan of him. 

Zico showed up to the funeral of Hyewon to pay his respects, handing them a handwritten letter and even comforting family members while he was there. 

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And now, for a bit of positivity in this cesspool of terrible events.

Park Ji-young was a crew member of the sunken Sewol ferry. She lived with her single mother and younger sister, and was known to be a bright, smiling young lady.

When the ship began to sink, she took charge of the life jackets. When there wasn’t enough to go around, she grabbed life jackets from the fourth floor and gave them to the people on the third floor. When asked “aren’t you going to wear one too?” she replied “Crew members go last. I’ll leave after I’ve gotten all of you out." 

Her efforts saved everyone she helped. Unfortunately, she herself did not make it.

Rest in peace, Miss Park. You will be missed. Thank you.