South Korea to raise ill-fated Sewol ferry upright

South Korea starts Sewol ferry salvage ops

The wreck of the ill-fated South Korean ferry Sewol will be moved in an upright position after laying on its side for over a year in the South Korean Port of Mokpo.

The ferry sank off Jindo Island on April 16, 2014, killing 304 people, 250 of which were high school students on a school trip.

The repositioning of the vessel’s hull, which was raised from the seabed in March last year, will allow for a more thorough search of the vessel for the remains of five missing passengers.

Local media reported that 33 steel beams were installed under the vessel on May 7 and it is expected that the vessel will be moved on Thursday. The beams are scheduled to be removed by June 10.

Several factors are believed to have led to the sinking of the ferry, including an illegal remodeling of the ferry to increase the cargo load, cargo overloading, and the steersman’s poor helmsmanship. 



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