South Korea ferry disaster: Three victims named 'martyrs'
Published on May 12, 2014 5:55 PM
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Monday recognised three people who died saving others in last month's ferry capsize as national "martyrs" - lending a heroic chapter to a disaster narrative dominated by accusations of cowardice, corruption and incompetence.
All three were part-time crew members, including an engaged couple - Kim Ki Woong and Jung Hyun Seon - who could have escaped the sinking vessel but stayed to help trapped passengers.
The third was Park Ji Young, 21, the youngest crew member, who became a public hero after it emerged that she had given her lifejacket to a passenger as she sought to guide people to safety.
Being designated martyrs entitles them to burial at a national cemetery, and their families will be eligible for financial compensation, medical assistance and other incentives.
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