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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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ANSAN, South Korea (AP) -- Students who survived the South Korean ferry disaster testified Monday 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.

The six girls testified Monday at a court session for 15 crew members responsible for the ship's navigation who face charges of negligence and failing to perform their duties to rescue passengers, with four of them facing homicide charges. The students from Danwon High School near Seoul revealed how chaotic the scene on the ferry was, recalling they wore life jackets and were helped by friends to float out and leave flooded rooms. They saw some schoolmates swept away by the waters.

Five of the six students spoke at the courtroom while the rest one gave her testimonies by video at another room. The court asked the media to not identify the teenagers to protect their privacy.

"We continued to wait but only came outside because the water filled the room so much," one student said. She said she heard a message blared from the ferry's loudspeaker that said "`Danwon High school students. Do not move!"

She also recalled how severely the ship listed, saying "The wall became the floor." Another student said "The kids all slid down to the window side . and luggage fell down."

The teenagers said they wore life jackets at the request of a broadcast announcement or at the recommendation of friends. They said they struggled to get out of the cabins due to tumbled furniture but also stepped on them to escape the rooms.

"When I was floating, the room's door was above my head. I came out of the cabin as a friend of mine outside grabbed my hands while another friend took my hip and lifted me up," one student said. "After we got out of the room, we lined up at a corridor and we told each another not to cry."

The April 16 sinking left more than 300 people dead or missing, most of them Danwon students who were travelling to the southern island of Jeju for a school trip. A total of 325 Danwon students were aboard the ship but only 75 survived, according to local officials.

The sinking, one of the deadliest disasters in South Korea in decades, has caused an outpouring of national grief and renewed scrutiny about public safety.

Survivors said they heard no evacuation orders and prosecutors argued a timely evacuation order could have saved more lives. Prosecutors say the 15 crew members 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.

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