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Divers pumping air into submerged South Korean ship

Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Coast guard officials say divers have begun pumping air into a submerged South Korean ship 48 hours after it listed and sank. But it wasn't immediately clear if the air was for survivors or for a salvage operation.

Strong currents and bad weather have so far prevented divers from searching for more than 270 people missing since the ferry listed and sank on Wednesday. Officials said Friday in a statement that divers were still trying to enter the ship.

There were fears that it may be too late. Officials say 25 have confirmed dead as of Friday.

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mhagerinteriors April 18 2014 at 12:19 AM

I wish they could bring lots of big ships and lift it out of the water.

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hornet32j April 18 2014 at 12:06 PM

The Captain trying to keep panic under control while trying to figure out what the hell is happening to his Ship , What DID happen ? is the next question , that ship went down fast too fast , steaming along and all of a sudden starts sinking doesn't make sense .

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bgatlake hornet32j April 18 2014 at 12:51 PM

apparently the captain turned over the ship to another who only had a years experience, and left on the first boat available

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Tom April 18 2014 at 9:39 AM

Very very sad tragedy and I believe the investigation will show very very preventable as far as exiting off the disabled boat and as far as rescuing people off the boat after exiting was not really doable

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Sloedanzin April 18 2014 at 9:36 AM

I would dare say, whoever gave the order to tell those children to stay in their cabins are possibly guilty of murder! hang 'em high!

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obloodyblada Sloedanzin April 18 2014 at 11:38 AM

"Murder' is an intentional thing.

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Steve Heide April 18 2014 at 8:27 AM

Pumping air in at this point is more of a gesture than anything else. Hypothermia is the issue for any of those poor young people trapped in compartments that still have air to breath. However and I don't want this to sound callous but the children's deaths would have been easier due to hypothermia. After being cold, they would have lost most feeling and slipped in to unconsciousness which may have been merciful. The tragedy is the loss, the blame will come, the Koreans will find anyone or anything that may have contributed to this horrible loss of young lives and the causes will come very quickly. I am sure all South Koreans are being affected, the country feels a kinship amongst it's citizens so the grieving will be everywhere in South Korea.

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nancy1ann April 18 2014 at 5:48 AM

sometimes you have to make your own decision..its so sad that most stayed as instructed...so so very sad..all children....

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Laura nancy1ann April 18 2014 at 7:20 AM

yea and jump into 55 Degree water when someone might have false hope of correcting a listing ferry.

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mennis0852 nancy1ann April 18 2014 at 10:35 AM

Most of us are taught to listen to the people in authority. Students most of all have many people placed in authority over them. When you get on a ship you are under the authority of the captain and crew.

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Edward J Cox April 18 2014 at 5:00 AM

So sad... Such a needless waste... Who told them to stay still and stay on board?

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brntbree Edward J Cox April 18 2014 at 9:17 AM

If I had been captain and I had any idea that the ship may sink, I would stay and try to correct the problem, but the crew would be getting the people on the life boats. Rather have a false alarm, people loaded into life boats for no reason, than an accident with so many peoples lives at stake.

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maylane22 brntbree April 18 2014 at 2:49 PM

were there life boats?

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Karen April 18 2014 at 3:11 AM

Safe journey to those who have gone and peace to those who remain.

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skitzlpk Karen April 18 2014 at 9:50 AM


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Steve April 18 2014 at 1:20 AM

Too bad they can't go back in time and pump some sense into the brain of the captain. Who tells people to stay in their cabins on a sinking ship? He essentially murdered them if that is true, instead of telling them to get on deck and get life jackets, etc. Unbelievable. I wouldn't be surprised if the captain doesn't even know how to swim, but was in charge of a ship like that.

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cal42129 Steve April 18 2014 at 2:45 AM

The same typeof guy who tells his passgenger not to evacuate a plane that has just crashed, on fire and fliped end over end. It's built into the culture to never lose face.

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Chuck April 18 2014 at 1:10 AM

You have to Sign In first to leave a comment.s they have printed on this event, sir, you would find that the vessel was actually only loaded to around 75% capacity. This is a tragic event, with many families having lost loved ones. I don't believe that ignorant statements should be entered here. Leave your callous comments elsewhere.

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