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Fears rise for missing in South Korea ferry sinking





Passenger Ferry Sinks in South Korea

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danyelle69marks April 17 2014 at 9:51 AM

horrific for the passengers and their families. the parents will never be the same. no words exist to ease their pain.

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bullmesht April 16 2014 at 5:43 PM

I would think the directive given of not leaving and to wait for rescuers was the temperature of the water. Hypothermia would have set in within 1 1/2 hours. Bad call, but I don't think done with the best of intentions.

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lulu0510 April 16 2014 at 5:45 PM

Any boatsman will recognize that shallow draft boats like a ferry that carries a large ammount of passengers, automobiles and cargo will have a high center of gravity that makes it prone to overturning and the last thing passengers should do is stay inside the vessel to be trapped.

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lo colon lulu0510 April 16 2014 at 6:26 PM

Yep.

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debnaert April 17 2014 at 9:02 AM

How horribly tragic. Prayers go out to these grieving families.

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Star April 17 2014 at 8:35 AM

According to CNN's coverage yesterday, survivors said they were told to put life jackets on but stay put and wait for help to come. One expert commentator said they should have gotten in the lifeboats and into the water. The lifeboats could be seen still on the boat. It was also reported that the boat left 2 hours late because of fog and the captain may have been trying to make up time. Survivors reported feeling/hearing the boat crash into something. And this Captain survived, like the Italian one. He should have been the last to leave.

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venise50 Star April 17 2014 at 9:32 AM

Ditto

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honeyrose3332 Star April 17 2014 at 9:37 AM

Regarding the Captain surviving it sounds similar to this: When that hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans several years ago amid all the death and chaos a woman who was touring New Orleans said she went to a police officer she saw to ask him for assistance. But instead she said he told her "go to hell, it's every man for themselves". So perhaps this Captain of the ferry had the same attitude and jumped off the ferry to save himself before anyone else.

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John Ford April 16 2014 at 6:17 PM

I didn't read anything about, or saw lifeboats. Why?

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flookyjr1 April 17 2014 at 8:34 AM

WHAT A SHAME FIRST A PLANE NOW A FERRY, SO MANY LOST LOVE ONES, PRAYERS GO OUT TO ALL THE FAMILYS, NEED TO BRING PRAYER BACK IN SCHOOLS, AND PUT THE BELIEVE BACK IN GOD, THIS WORLD IS A CRUEL CRUELPLACE AND GETTING WORSE!!!!!

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lo colon April 16 2014 at 6:23 PM

Seems to me this could be another example of criminal or gross negligence like what happened to that Italian cruise ship with Cap'ain Guido at the helm. On a naval vessel, if there's a collision and seas are coming in either general quarters are called , all hands don lifejackets, an order to man the lifeboats is given and either ya prepare to abandon ship or ya git off the Can 'cause she's goin' down boys!

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James M. Adams lo colon April 16 2014 at 6:28 PM

Are you familiar with the Korean Criminal Code and Civil Justice System?

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myonlyhart April 16 2014 at 6:27 PM

this so weird so many helicopters boats there around the ship why so many people missing??
these people did not jump off the ship what the deal u got 50% of them missing my god do they
not know how to rescue.. i can say this sorry to say those missing u count them dead now. u are
not going to survive the cold water long trust me. another titanic. they should be saying searching for dead missing bodies sad but true. may god bless all of them

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Elizabeth myonlyhart April 16 2014 at 8:21 PM

It is not so easy as you seem to think to reach people who are inside a sinking vessel.

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seban April 17 2014 at 8:21 AM

Of course, we take our lives into our hands getting onto planes or ships as we're at mercy to human error and mother nature. Such a heartache of horror and sadly many were victims of hypothermia and may never be recovered. I can't imagine the panic and disorientation. I'd be curious whether North Korea has communicated any condolences to the Government of The Republic of Korea? Then again, we don't know the exact reason why this ferry sank either. Did he alter course because he departed late and hit a rock, or is there some nefarious component to this we may never know? So sad for the grieving families.

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