There is considered to have been approximately 287 individuals trapped in the hull of a ferry that recently sunk in South Korea. Now people who survived the incident and the families of those now dead are very angry at the response of the captain and his crew while the vessle was going down.
Following the disaster which occured on last Wednesday, hundreds of children aboard were then reported as having gone missing by their distressed loved ones. Incensed, their parents and loved ones are now furious and outraged that the captain was the first to leave the ship as well as his six man crew. His name is Lee Joon Seok. He is reported to be in his 60s currently. He was the first to leave only 40 minutes after it ran aground and started sinking.
Most of the 287 people who have not returned from the vessel, thought to be trapped inside, are actually of teenage. A massive effort is underway to try to rescue them although now the possibility of surviving them is dim. Army divers trained in deep sea rescue made huge effort to enter the vessle on Thursday. In fact they made a total of ten attempts. However, they could not get in because there was really bad visibility down there and very strong currents as well.
As of today, over 287 people remain unnaccounted for. It is now believed that this is one of the worst ferry boat disasters this side of the last couple of decades in the nation of south korea. So far there are a total of twenty individuals including five high school students and 2 teachers that have been confirmed as deceased. However, an additional hundred and seventy nine have been confirmed as safe. This includes the thirty man crew and their captain as well, according to the southern korean news outlets.
Lee is the captain of the ferrie. He was interviewed shortly after the incident. He had a hood on and a grey sweat top. He said he is sorry for the passengers still down there and that he didn’t know what to say to make amends. He also expressed a sense of shame about what had gone on. Before that he was seen drying bank notes on a bed whilst being interviewed by journalists.
A spokes person for the local coast guard was quoted as saying that people in official power were chatting with lee as an investigation gets under way. He denied reports that the vessel was veered to suddenly while it was actually meant to have taken a much slower turn. When asked whether the ferry moved away from its orginaly intended course he denied those reports.
The matter became all the more sad as the young pupils trapped in the ships hull began to send messages from their phones to their loved ones. One of them read ‘mum i’m sending this in case i can’t talk to you again – i love you’.
Parents of the missing became very angry at the way the situation was handled by the operators of the ferry. Their children had not been told to move to emergency exits. In fact the emergency procedures had not been followed. Instead they were told to go into their bedrooms while the captain and crew got off.