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South Korea ferry disaster: Communications log suggests gross negligence of crew

Published on Apr 20, 2014 7:22 PM
 
Leaked oil is seen on the surface of the sea near the site where the capsized passenger ship Sewol sank in the sea off Jindo April 20, 2014. The ill-fated Sewol ferry's crew might have delayed evacuating the passengers despite repeated instructions to do so, Jindo maritime traffic service's communications log shows on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The ill-fated Sewol ferry's crew might have delayed evacuating the passengers despite repeated instructions to do so, Jindo maritime traffic service's communications log shows on Sunday.

The disclosed communications log detailing the conversation between the Sewol and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Service showed that the crew was told on a number of occasions to implement emergency measures.

However, the Sewol's communications officer focused on whether the Coast Guard was on its way without relaying the orders to the passengers.

Members of the Navy's Ship Salvage Unit engage in search operations for the ferry Sewol's passengers on Sunday off the coast of Jindo Island, South Jeolla Province.

 
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