Ferry survivors return to school amid tears, grief

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Survivors Of Capsized Ferry In South Korea Return To School

ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- As parents of the dead wept, more than 70 teenagers who survived a ferry sinking that killed hundreds of their schoolmates walked in a somber procession Wednesday to their first classes since the April disaster.

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Ferry survivors return to school amid tears, grief
Policemen stand before a minibus carrying student survivors of the Sewol ferry as it arrives outside the Ansan branch of the Suwon District Court, in Ansan on July 28, 2014. Seventeen student survivors of the Sewol ferry will testify over two-days in the trial of the captain and crew during a special session at a courtroom in their traumatised home town. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks near yellow ribbons with messages for missing passengers and victims aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, at a group memorial altar in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 28, 2014. South Korean students who survived April's deadly ferry disaster say they were repeatedly ordered by loudspeaker to stay in the sinking ship but eventually helped each other flee after their cabins were flooded too much. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A mother and her daughter tie yellow ribbons with messages for missing passengers and victims aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, at a group memorial altar in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 28, 2014. South Korean students who survived April's deadly ferry disaster say they were repeatedly ordered by loudspeaker to stay in the sinking ship but eventually helped each other flee after their cabins were flooded too much. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 25: (SOUTH KOREA OUT) In this handout provided by the Won Dae-Yeon-Donga Daily, Eldest son of the sunken ferry owner Yoo Dae-Gyun (C) is surrounded by the reporters as he is taken to a police station following his arrest on July 25, 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Yoo Dae-Gyun is the eldest son of recently deceased Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of 'Chonghaejin Marine Company', the operating company whose South Korean ferry sunk in April. Yoo Dae-gyun was detained after refusing to allow police entry into a room in which he was hiding along with Park Soo-kyung in Yongin. Yoo Dae-gyun is accused of professional negligence. (Photo by Won Dae-Yeon-Donga Daily via Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners react as they pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners wait in a line to pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
South Korean mourners pay tribute at the memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Students rescued from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', wearing white shirts, pay tribute at the state-controlled joint memorial altar for the dead in Ansan on April 30, 2014. A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said, as rescuers worked to recover the bodies of more than 90 people still missing. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Funeral service employees hold a portrait of a victim of the sunken ferry Sewol at group memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Relatives of passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. The official death toll is now over 200, no survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crews were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: A funeral service employee sets up a portrait of a victim of the sunken ferry Sewol at group memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Korean nuns pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Relatives of a passenger of the sunken ferry Sewol weep as they pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Relatives of passengers on the sunken ferry Sewol weep as they pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: A South Korean woman weeps as she pays a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Relatives of passengers on the sunken ferry Sewol weep as they pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Korean nuns pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: A South Korean woman weeps as she pays a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 29: Relatives of a passenger of the sunken ferry Sewol weep as they pay tribute to the victims at Ansan city's official memorial altar at the Hwarang Recreation Park on April 29, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. No survivors have been found since 174 passengers and crew were rescued on the day of the incident, April 16. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Portraits of the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' are set on a memorial altar at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Policemen (R) stands guard near a makeshift memorial for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 28, 2014. Many of the 476 passengers on board the ferry when it sank on April 16 were schoolchildren from Danwon high school just down the road. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
People from the Philippines living in South Korea hold a banner that says 'Filipinos in South Korea deeply symphatize with the families affected by the MV Sewol tragedy' after a group of over fifty of them left flowers in front of a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 27, 2014. The confirmed death toll from the tragedy stood at 188, barely changed in two days. A total of 114 people were still unaccounted for, with many bodies believed trapped in the sunken vessel. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 27, 2014. South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won tendered his resignation on April 27 over the sinking of a passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 27, 2014. South Korea's prime minister resigned on April 27 over the sinking of the passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing, amid huge public anger over what is seen as a bungled response to the tragedy. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ribbons with messages are displayed near Danwon high school in Ansan on April 27, 2014 where many of the students who died in the Sewol ferry disaster attended school. South Korea's prime minister resigned on April 27 over the sinking of the passenger ferry that left more than 300 people dead or missing, amid huge public anger over what is seen as a bungled response to the tragedy. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A South Korean woman weeps as she reads messages in front a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 27, 2014. Concerns are growing among anguished families that the bodies of those who died in the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' may never be found, as search teams suspended work because of bad weather. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People bow their head as a funeral car containing the body of a victim of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' leaves from the main gate of Danwon High School in Ansan on April 27, 2014. Concerns are growing among anguished families that the bodies of those who died in the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' may never be found, as search teams suspended work because of bad weather. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A funeral car containing the body of a victim of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' leaves from the main gate of Danwon High School in Ansan on April 27, 2014. Concerns are growing among anguished families that the bodies of those who died in the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' may never be found, as search teams suspended work because of bad weather. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers, beverage, food and a teddy bear stand on a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 27, 2014. Concerns are growing among anguished families that the bodies of those who died in the sinking of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' may never be found, as search teams suspended work because of bad weather. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 26, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 187, with 115 unaccounted for -- many bodies are believed trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 26, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 187, with 115 unaccounted for -- many bodies are believed trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 26, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 187, with 115 unaccounted for -- many bodies are believed trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183 but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183 but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold candles at a vigil for students among the missing passengers of a South Korean capsized ferry, in central Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183 but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the ferry that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Red Cross volunteer serves some food to visitors attending a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183, but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the submerged vessel that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183, but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the submerged vessel that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pedestrians tie yellow ribbons symbolising hope for the safe return of missing passengers on the 'Sewol' ferry onto a main gate of Danwon high school on April 24, 2014. The body of a high school student who made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was recovered from the submerged vessel on April 24, news reports said. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 23: Students and citizens hold candles as they pray for the safe return of missing passengers who were travelling aboard south Korean ferry the Sewol, which sank off the coast of Jindo Island, on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. The confirmed death toll is reported to have risen to 150, with more than 150 people still missing. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall in Ansan on April 25, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 183, but 119 people remained unaccounted for -- their bodies believed still trapped in the submerged vessel that capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
An elderly woman reacts as she visits a newly opened group memorial altar for the victims from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 23, 2014, just down the street from Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren, lost in the accident, attended. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on April 22 as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
Portraits are displayed upon a newly opened group memorial altar for the victims from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 23, 2014, just down the street from Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren, lost in the accident, attended. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on April 22 as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 23: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) People pay tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of sunken passengers ship at the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. The confirmed death toll now reached 130, and more than 170 people are still missing in the April 16 ferry accident. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Visitors line up to visit a newly opened group memorial altar for the victims from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 23, 2014, just down the street from Danwon high school where many of the schoolchildren, lost in the accident, attended. Thousands of mourners paid tearful respects on April 23 at a temporary memorial to the hundreds of student victims of South Korea's ferry disaster, as the grim search for bodies entered a second week. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
Lee Han-young, left, a head of Forensic Medicine Department of the National Forensic Service briefs to the media at the National Forensic Service in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 25, 2014. South Korea's state-run forensic lab said Friday it has failed to find out how a fugitive billionaire blamed for April's ferry disaster died. Police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found in a rural area last month was identified as Yoo Byung-eun. Police cited DNA and fingerprint tests taken by the National Forensic Service. Authorities had sought the 73-year-old, believing he owned the sunken ferry and that his alleged corruption may have contributed to the disaster. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A family member of a victim of the sunken ferry Sewol wipes her tears during a rally 100 days after the ferry sunk in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 24, 2014. South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A woman passes by a wanted poster of Yoo Byung-eun, the fugitive owner of the sunken ferry Sewol, at a government building in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body of Yoo found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Family members of the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol stage a rally to demand lawmakers uncover the cause of the ferry sunken, in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people. The shirts read: "Thorough investigation." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 24: South Koreans shout slogans during a rally for victims of Sewol ferry on July 24, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. As many as 180 family members of the Sewol ferry victims marched from Ansan to National Assembly in Seoul to show their dissatisfaction with the authorities. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Some of the 73 students, wearing white and black uniforms and carrying book bags, bowed their heads as they cried and walked slowly from a bus to the school entrance. Some stopped to hug the parents of their friends, who caressed their hair and faces. Adults carried banners of encouragement. One read: "We pray the dead will rest in peace." Another simply said: "I love you."

The anger, grief and deep remorse at Danwon High School in Ansan, outside of Seoul, was a reflection of what many South Koreans have felt since the April 16 sinking that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Of the 325 students on a class trip to the southern holiday island of Jeju, 75 were rescued, 245 died and 5 are still missing. Two of those rescued had already returned to school, officials said.

The return to classes of the survivors, who had been staying at a facility in Ansan where they had classes and therapy sessions, comes amid court hearings for the ferry crew and the officials from the company that owned it. Many South Koreans also fault the government, the coast guard and even society for failing the victims.

"We ask for a thorough investigation to find out why our friends and teachers had to become victims and why the rescue efforts didn't proceed properly and led to more victims," one of the surviving students, Shin Young-jin, said in an emotional address. "We hope that you will try to create a safer nation so that such a horrible accident never happens again."

After decades of negligence, many South Koreans are now questioning the country's history of ignoring safety issues as it pursued rapid economic development above all else following the devastation of the Korean War, which began 64 years ago Wednesday with a North Korean invasion.

The government of President Park Geun-hye, whose dictator father ruled during the economic boom in the 1960s and 1970s that was dubbed the "Miracle on the Han," after the river that cuts through Seoul, has been battered by criticism that it should have done more before the sinking on safety and monitoring issues and that its incompetence botched the rescue operations.

The 15 crew members responsible for navigating the Sewol ferry face charges of negligence and of failing to perform their duties to rescue passengers. Prosecutors say they abandoned the ship even though they knew passengers would be trapped and killed when the ferry sank. The defense has denied any collusion, saying the crew members were confused, injured and panicked.

Shin, the student, said that many people have tried to console the surviving students, but others have asked "unpleasant" questions that have reminded them of the sinking and made them feel guilty. He said some people were even "burying daggers in our hearts" by saying that the survivors "betrayed" their classmates by coming back alive. "Whenever we heard such things, our hearts tore apart and ached and we shed tears because we felt guilty and sorry for our friends."

"Just as we cannot forget them, we ask that the citizens of this country also never forget them," Shin said of the dead, stopping at one point as tears choked his words. "For the adults who lead us, we ask that you exhaustively search for those responsible for this crime."

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JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they attend a memorial prior to a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by Ed Jones - Pool/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by Ed Jones - Pool/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 15: A relative of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weeps as she and others stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry on April 15, 2015 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry Sewol carrying 476 passengers, including 325 school children, capsized off of Jindo Island in South Korea on April 16, 2014 resulting in 304 dead and missing. (Photo by Ed Jones - Pool/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo on April 15, 2015. More than 100 relatives of victims of South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster tearfully cast flowers into the sea at an emotional memorial event on the eve of the tragedy's first anniversary. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A mourner weeps as she pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at a temporary memorial altar in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Tears and grief mixed with raw anger Thursday as black-clad relatives mourned more than 300 people, mostly high school kids, killed one year ago when the ferry Sewol sank in cold waters off the southwestern South Korean coast.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A woman wipes her tears outside a group memorial altar for the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol, in Ansan, South Korea, Thursday, April 16, 2015. With tears, lowered flags and still-fresh anger, relatives mourned the 300 people, mostly high school kids, killed one year ago when the ferry Sewol sank in cold waters off the southwestern South Korean coast. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
In this photo released by South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap) KOREA OUT
Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (C) is escorted after arriving at a courthouse in Gwangju on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
In this Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 photo, family members of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol wipe their tears after South Korean lawmakers voted during the plenary session at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's National Assembly on Friday approved plans to disband the coast guard in the wake of criticism over its failure to rescue hundreds of passengers during the sinking of a ferry in April. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A family member of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol 3wipes his tear during the plenary session at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. South Korea's National Assembly on Friday approved plans to disband the coast guard in the wake of criticism over its failure to rescue hundreds of passengers during the sinking of a ferry in April. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Sewol ferry crew members (centre R) inside a a court room in Gwangju at the start of the verdict proceedings on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (6th R) sits with other crew members inside a a court room in Gwangju at the start of the verdict proceedings on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry crew members (C) inside a a court room in Gwangju at the start of the verdict proceedings on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Sewol ferry captain Lee Jun-Seok (3rd R) sits with other crew members inside a a court room in Gwangju at the start of the verdict proceedings on November 11, 2014. After five months of dramatic, often painful testimony, a South Korean court will deliver its verdict -- and possible death sentence -- on the ferry captain at the centre of one of the country's worst peacetime disasters. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this April 19, 2014 file photo, Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry boat Sewol in the water off the southern coast, arrives at the headquarters of a joint investigation team of prosecutors and police in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea. A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside, being treated onshore after allegedly landing on one of the first rescue boats. (AP Photo/Yonhap, File) KOREA OUT
In this image taken from video released by News Y via Yonhap, passengers from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, are rescued by a South Korean Coast Guard helicopter in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after the ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Sewol ferry captain Lee Joon-Seok (C) is escorted upon his arrival at the Gwangju District Court in the southwestern South Korean city of Gwangju on June 24, 2014. Lee Joon-Seok and three crew members are accused of 'homicide through wilful negligence' -- a charge that falls between first-degree murder and manslaughter, but still carries the death penalty. Eleven other members of the crew are being tried on lesser charges of criminal negligence and violations of maritime law. The Sewol was carrying 476 passengers, including 325 students on a school trip, when it sank off the southwest coast on April 16. AFP PHOTO / WONSUK CHOI (Photo credit should read Wonsuk Choi/AFP/Getty Images)
Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, talks to the media before leaving a court which issued his arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, arrives at a court which issues his arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
Lee Joon-seok, the captain of a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast arrives to be investigated at Mokpo Police Station in Mokpo, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank Wednsday, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
A family member of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol cries after a pretrial hearing of crew members of the ferry, at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Hostile spectators cursing, shouting and weeping behind them, 15 crew members from the sunken South Korean appeared in court Tuesday to enter pleas on charges of negligence and failing to save more than 300 dead or missing passengers.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A family member of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol cries after a pretrial hearing of crew members of the ferry at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Hostile spectators cursing, shouting and weeping behind them, 15 crew members from the sunken South Korean ferry appeared in court Tuesday to enter pleas on charges of negligence and failing to save more than 300 dead or missing passengers. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Family members of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol walk as they try to meet with crew members of the ferry after a pretrial hearing of them at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Hostile spectators cursing, shouting and weeping behind them, 15 crew members from the sunken South Korean ferry appeared in court Tuesday to enter pleas on charges of negligence and failing to save more than 300 dead or missing passengers. The letters on the boards read: "Are you a human? You are animals. We criticize the crew members who escaped before the passengers of the ferry." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Family members of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol struggle with a security officer, right, while attempting to attend a pretrial hearing of the ferry's crew members at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Fifteen crew members from the sunken South Korean ferry are in court to enter pleas on charges that they were negligent and failed to save passengers in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)
A man watches the TV news program on the reward poster of Yoo Byung-eun at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 23, 2014. South Korea is offering a big bounty to find the mysterious billionaire thought to be the owner a ferry that sank last month, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
South Korean President Park Geun-hye weeps while delivering a speech to the nation about the sunken ferry Sewol at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 19, 2014. South Korea's president said Monday she will push to disband the coast guard in the wake of last month's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing, calling its rescue operations after the disaster a failure. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Do Kwang-hwan) KOREA OUT
A relatives of victim of the sunken ferry Sewol watches a televised address by South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, Monday, May 19, 2014. South Korea's president said Monday she will push to disband the coast guard in the wake of last month's ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing, calling its rescue operations after the disaster a failure. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center, prays during a serves to pay tribute to victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at a Catholic church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 18, 2014. The ferry disaster left more than 200 people dead, with others still missing. Government and civilian divers are fighting rapid currents as they try to retrieve the remaining bodies. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Do Kwang-hwan) KOREA OUT
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won is shielded by his bodyguards from angry relatives of passengers from a ferry Sewol sinking in the water off the southern coast at a shelter for relatives of passengers in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
A TV screen shows U.S. President Barack Obama paying a silent tribute for the victims of South Korea's sunken ferry Sewol during a summit meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye as relatives of victims looks on at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. As visiting Obama offered South Koreans his condolences Friday for the ferry disaster, the South Korean government conceded that some bodies have been misidentified and announced changes to prevent such mistakes from happening again. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol weeps as he waits for news on his missing loved one at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. Frustrated relatives of the scores of people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol staged a marathon confrontation with the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief, surrounding the senior officials in a standoff that lasted overnight and into Friday morning as they vented their rage at the pace of search efforts. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People hold candles during candlelight vigil for safe return of passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol in Ansan, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. As visiting President Barack Obama offered South Koreans his condolences Friday for the ferry disaster, the South Korean government conceded that some bodies have been misidentified and announced changes to prevent such mistakes from happening again. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry confront vice police chief Choi Sang Han (C) after they forcibly removed him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll on April 24 stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry confront vice police chief Choi Sang Han (C) as they forcibly remove him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll on April 24 stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry confront vice police chief Choi Sang Han (centre L) as they forcibly remove him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll on April 24 stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry confront vice police chief Choi Sang Han (C) as they forcibly remove him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll on April 24 stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry express their frustration as they surround police officer Choi Sang Han (C) after forcibly removing him from an office at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
People attend a memorial for the victims of the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' at the Ansan Olympic memorial hall on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll stood at 171, but 131 were still missing as dive teams searched in near pitch-black conditions for bodies trapped in the ferry's interior. AFP PHOTO/ KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
Coastguard boats and search and rescue teams take part in recovery operations at night at the site of the 'Sewol' ferry, off the coast of the South Korean island of Jindo on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on April 22 as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Coastguards ride a boat during recovery operations at the site of the 'Sewol' ferry, off the coast of the South Korean island of Jindo on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on April 22 as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Coastguard police chief Kim Seouk Gyun (bottom C), vice coastguard police chief Choi Sang Han (bottom R), and South Korean minister of Oceans and Fisheries Lee Ju Young (bottom L) attend a meeting with relatives of victims of the 'Sewol' ferry at Jindo harbour on April 24, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A mother, center, of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast cries after confirming her daughter's name on the list of the victims found dead at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching more than 140, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
South Korean Coast Guard police officers on a boat, sail near the buoys which were installed to mark the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry disaster rose to 135 Wednesday, but there were many more bodies left to be retrieved as divers swam through tight, dark rooms and passageways to search for nearly 170 people still missing. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
ANSAN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 23: Students and citizens hold candles as they pray for the safe return of missing passengers who were travelling aboard south Korean ferry the Sewol, which sank off the coast of Jindo Island, on April 23, 2014 in Ansan, South Korea. The confirmed death toll is reported to have risen to 150, with more than 150 people still missing. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Relatives of a passenger on board the capsized South Korean ferry Sewol weep at an area where family members of victims of the disaster are gathered at Jindo harbour on April 22, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
The red sun sets as searchers and divers look for bodies of passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near buoys that mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from the South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. (AP Photo/Ahn Yung-joon)
South Korean coast guards and rescue workers are seen at the accident site of the capsized South Korean ferry Sewol in Jindo on April 22, 2014. The confirmed death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100, but almost twice that number remained unaccounted for nearly a week into the rescue and recovery effort. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
A man looks at flowers and messages at a makeshift memorial at the main gate of Danwon high school in Ansan on April 21, 2014 where many of the schoolchildren missing from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol' attended. The captain and crew of the South Korean ferry that capsized last week with hundreds of children on board acted in a way 'tantamount to murder,' President Park Guen-Hye said on April 21, as four more crew members were arrested. AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HO (Photo credit should read KIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 21: Rescue workers carry a victim of the sunken ferry off the coast of Jindo Island on April 21, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. At least sixty four people are reported dead, with 238 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
South Korean rescue members carry the body of a victim recovered from the 'Sewol' ferry to an ambulance at a harbour in Jindo on April 22, 2014. The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 on April 22, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, arrives at a court which issues his arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
Kim Byung-gwon, a representative of families of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol, speaks after a pretrial hearing of crew members of the ferry at Gwangju District Court in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Hostile spectators cursing, shouting and weeping behind them, 15 crew members from the sunken South Korean ferry appeared in court Tuesday to enter pleas on charges of negligence and failing to save more than 300 dead or missing passengers. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Lee Joon-seok , the captain of a sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast arrives to be investigated at Mokpo Police Station in Mokpo, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Fears rose Thursday for the fate of more than 280 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
South Korean President Park Geun-hye looks at the site where the Sewol sank from aboard a Coast Guard ship in waters off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with about 290 people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list, a crew member said Thursday. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
In this image taken from video from Mokpo Coast Guard, passengers from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, are rescued by South Korean Coast guard in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after the ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
Relatives wait for their missing loved ones at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In this image taken from video from Mokpo Coast Guard, passengers from a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, are rescued by South Korean Coast guard in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after the ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
South Korea rescue helicopter and fishing boats try to rescue passengers from a passenger ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
This undated photo shows South Korean passenger ship Sewol. A government office said the South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people have sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began tittering to one side.
South Korea coast guard police officers work to rescue passengers from a South Korean passenger ship, at Mokpo Coast Guard in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
A man watches a TV news program showing a sinking passenger ship, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.
People watch a TV news program showing a sinking passenger ship, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: In this screen shot handout of helicopter camera provided by the Republic of Korea Coat Guard, the ferry is seen sinking off as the rescue work continues the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Two people are dead, and more than ninety are missing as reported. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju island. (Photo by The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: In this screen shot handout of helicopter camera provided by the Republic of Korea Coat Guard, the ferry is seen sinking as the rescue work continues off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Two people are dead, and more than ninety are missing as reported. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju island. (Photo by Handout/The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images)
JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: In this screen shot handout of helicopter camera provided by the Republic of Korea Coat Guard, the ferry is seen sinking as the rescue work continues off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. Two people are dead, and more than ninety are missing as reported. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including the students and teachers, traveling to Jeju island. (Photo by The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images)
A woman offers prayers during a candlelight vigil for the missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday. (AP Photo/Wonghae Cho)
Relatives of a passenger aboard a sunken ferry weep as they wait for news on the rescue operation, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for more than 280 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People gather to pray with candlelights for the missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday. (AP Photo/Woohae Cho)
Family members of children are still missing in the sunken ferry the Sewol gather at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Fears rose Thursday for the fate of more than 280 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People look at the sea from a port where relatives of passengers aboard a sunken ferry waiting for the news in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Fears rose Thursday for the fate of more than 280 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Flares light up the sea for search and rescue teams during recovery operations at the site of the 'Sewol' ferry of the coast of the South Korean island on Jindo on April 22, 2014. Divers began to locate bodies on April 19 inside a submerged South Korean ferry as the detained captain defended his decision to delay evacuation of the ship when it capsized nearly four days ago with 476 people on board. AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
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