What Went Wrong in the South Korean Ferry Disaster? | The New Yorker

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National outrage and political backlash ensued after the tragic sinking of M.V. Sewol, which claimed the lives of more than three hundred passengers, most of whom were students on a school trip, five years ago. Yi Seung-jun's film "In the Absence," an Academy Award nominee for Best Short Subject Documentary, details the tragedy and aftermath.

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What Went Wrong in the South Korean Ferry Disaster? | The New Yorker

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What this video doesn't show is that the ferry was overloaded, and overweight,  with cargo even before the passengers went on board. The sinking was a tragedy but the rescue, if that's what you want to call it, was a disaster. The captain should have ordered everyone off the ship but, instead,  he was one of the first ones off. He even made himself out to be a passenger. The very definition of a coward!

Author — GoodToBeAGirl

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UPDATE: This documentary is currently nominated for an Oscar under the category of best documentary (short subject). Hopefully this nomination will help raise awareness for the fight that still continues on nearly six years after the disaster.

Author — Adrian Lau

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I'm still mad at the fact that they lied. They lied that everyone is already safe

Author — Jhanine Kim

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i had goosebumps when the civilian diver, who committed suicide, described that when they left the scene, the birds' call sounded like the students' wailing, asking him not to leave them behind. Salute to these divers who risked their lives and did what they can do to help. To those who were irresponsible and those who tried to manipulate and cover the truth about this incident, i hope your conscience eats you.

Author — mae.zee

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"Because the president is watching" that was the dumbest thing I heard. People were dying and you wanted to put a show first because the president is watching? Really?!

Author — Zhalia Fayne

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"The kids were killed while waiting. Don't tell me to wait."

Author — weightycarlos

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1:33 that girl literally predicted what the coward captain did.

Author — Ramaden Kanda

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The statement at the beginning when the girl says "those that listened to instruction died and those that didn't lived." I felt that, along with other statements. Those kids were doing as they were told and died being obedient and that breaks my heart. If they were given the opposite instructions most if not all of them could have survived. That hurts.

Author — bask3t8allqt34

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Sewol's captain: *tells everyone to stay put and then proceeds to abandon ship alone*
Titanic's captain:






*Shame*

Author — EASY _EIGHT

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the stark contrast between the heroism of these civilian divers and the incompetence, cowardice, and dishonor of the government agencies is staggering.

Author — piayootoob

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"So most of the passengers are out then?" "Yes, they are".. The audacity of this statement.. a blatant lie and he knew it. What a horrible human being.

Author — Connor Morgan

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“stay put”
the most idiotic phrase of the decade

Author — Marcus Morales

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This should be talked about in school’s history classes.

Author — iiSquiffyCoin ි ・゚༣

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Imagine being a recovery diver in that immensely dark, scary, and silt-filled sunken ferry, searching for the bodies of young school children. Your orientation is off because the ceiling is the floor, and the floor is the ceiling, you can only see maybe a few feet in front of you at best. When you stumble upon a body, it's bloated, eyes protruding, and the face is probably contorted. Floating in the place where they struggled and drowned. What a nightmare sight. And to not only see one, but dozens of corpses, then stuff them in bodybags and bring them to the surface, only to repeat the act over and over.
What a horrible tragedy.

Author — James C

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Don't stay inside a sinking ship. Don't stay inside a burning house.
No matter how anyone told you to stay put.

Author — Manh

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"There were small birds in the rain and wind were flying around in the storm. The birds were so tiny and beautiful, their call so touching. But it sounded like the students wailing." 😔

Author — 이지은 [Hi Uaena!]

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*"Open This Gate! The Kid's were waiting and died. They were waiting!"*
*"The kids were killed while waiting! Don't Tell Me To Wait!"*
Its true. And it breaks my heart💔><

Author — peachy V

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I feel actually sick, this is murder. Just murder.

Author — PyroShayNiac

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"Oh that ship is sinking? Let me first make like 50 phone calls to a bunch of people instead of sending life boats immediately."

Author — King Bernard

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Couple years after the disaster, I read all the accounts, here is the gist:
The corrupt owners of the ferry modified the boat to carry more cargo, violating safety regulations. When it left it's last port, a decision was made not to tie heavy cargo down, to make unloading quicker later, also violating safety rules. During the passage, a decision was made to travel a risky route, also to save time. But then they had to change course suddenly, made a sharp turn, and cargo started falling over. The ship began to list, in calm seas, within sight of land, but passengers were told to "stay put where you are." Over the next hour of daylight, it slowly, inexorably tilted over, while the first helicopters and boats began to arrive. Soon other countries sent rescuers too, but were told the Korean authorities were handling things. (They were not.) The captain, looking like a passenger, escaped with some of the crew. Soon it was dark, the ship rolled over, and the passengers had never been told to escape - this was the worst part for me to accept.
Hundreds of children were left to die by authorities they had been taught to obey.
And - let this sink in - the whole tragedy was completely preventable, if rules had been followed...

Author — Tom Hannah