Bid to salvage sunken Sewol ferry

Relatives of missing victims of the Sewol ferry disaster speaking to the media on a pier at Paengmok harbour on the southern island of Jindo yesterday.
Relatives of missing victims of the Sewol ferry disaster speaking to the media on a pier at Paengmok harbour on the southern island of Jindo yesterday.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Relatives of missing victims of the Sewol ferry disaster speaking to the media on a pier at Paengmok harbour on the southern island of Jindo yesterday. South Korea said it will attempt to raise the sunken Sewol ferry if the weather permits, as family
A small group of relatives has set up camp (above) on the southern island of Donggeochado to observe the salvage effort. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Relatives of missing victims of the Sewol ferry disaster speaking to the media on a pier at Paengmok harbour on the southern island of Jindo yesterday. South Korea said it will attempt to raise the sunken Sewol ferry if the weather permits, as family members of the victims pleaded to the public to pray for a successful salvage operation. A small group of relatives has set up camp on the southern island of Donggeochado to observe the salvage effort. The vessel was carrying 476 people when it went down off the south-western island of Jindo in April 2014, leaving 304 people - mostly schoolchildren - dead in one of the country's worst maritime disasters.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2017, with the headline 'Bid to salvage sunken Sewol ferry'. Print Edition | Subscribe