Captain Could Be Executed On Murder Charges After Tragic Ship Sinking

Captain Might Be Executed On Homicide Fees After Tragic Ship Sinking


The captain goes down with the ship.

Besides that’s not what occurred on the MV Sewol. Footage of the captain, Lee Joon-seok, scrambling out of the ship in his underwear with the help of rescuers enrages the folks of South Korea.

The footage performs over and over on South Korean information.

Public outrage on the captain’s actions is so robust that he has grow to be a hated determine in South Korea who’s deserving of execution in keeping with public opinion. He and three of his crew are merely a conviction away from dealing with the loss of life penalty.

It’s been nearly twenty years for the reason that loss of life penalty has been carried out in South Korea. The folks of South Korea appear able to see that change within the case of Lee.

The MV Sewol was touring from Incheon in the direction of Jeju when it capsized on April sixteenth of this 12 months. The South Korean ferry was carrying round 500 folks.

When the captain and crew had been scrambling to security, tons of of passengers had been drowning. To be precise, 284 folks had been confirmed killed with one other 20 nonetheless lacking reviews CNN.

What makes this occasion much more tragic is a lot of the passengers onboard had been highschool college students on their strategy to a discipline journey.

How does a tragic accident at sea result in the captain and a few crew presumably dealing with the loss of life penalty?

“The prosecutor’s workplace mentioned the captain and three crew members had been charged with homicide, as a result of they didn’t use the ship’s amenities at their disposal — equivalent to life rafts, life vests and bulletins to evacuate passengers.”[1]

The crew had by no means even been skilled for an emergency situation, an order to evacuate ship was by no means given, and worse, the “passengers had been instructed to not transfer and to remain in place because the ferry listed.”[2]

It’s simple to grasp the outrage on the captain and crew for scrambling to security whereas the passengers they need to have been chargeable for had been on their strategy to loss of life. It is sensible of how the captain and a few of his crew are being charged with homicide.

The opposite surviving crew members are being hit with expenses of abandonment and violating a ship security act.

In April, the media was reporting that Captain Lee Joon-seok was being charged with abandoning his boat, negligence, inflicting bodily harm, not looking for rescue from different ships, and violating “seamen’s regulation” earlier than expenses had been upgraded with the capital offense of homicide.

Again then, Lee defended his actions saying, “The tidal present was robust and water temperature was chilly, and there was no rescue boat. So I had everybody stand by and look forward to the rescue boat to reach.”[3]

Overloading of the ship may have performed an element within the sinking of the Sewol. That is one thing the ferry firm may need been making an attempt to cowl up.

In keeping with the Korea Herald:

In a departure report, Chonghaejin Marine Co. instructed authorities on the Korea Delivery Affiliation that it had 450 passengers, 24 crew members, 150 autos and 657 tons of cargo on board…

However shortly after the accident on Wednesday, the ferry operator shortly modified the numbers, reporting that it had 477 folks on board and was carrying 1,157 tons of cargo. The ferry was additionally discovered to have loaded 180 autos….

Chonghaejin Marine Co. has modified its reported variety of passengers a number of occasions.

A pair days after the accident, one of many passengers who really did get rescued wasn’t capable of deal with the guilt he felt over surviving when so many college students died.

Kang Min-Kyu, deputy head of Danwon Excessive College who was answerable for the 4-day journey that led to tragedy hanged himself. He left a suicide observe:

“Surviving alone is simply too painful whereas 200 stay unaccounted for. I take full duty.

“I pushed forward with the college journey. I’ll once more grow to be a trainer within the afterlife.”[4]

Whereas most of this story is roofed by heartbreaking lack of life, there may be additionally an unbelievable spark of selflessness and life saving within the midst of all of it. College students saved Kwon Ji-yeon by passing the six-year-old woman to the security of a rescuing boat.

Survivor Yu Ho-sil mentioned: “Anyone shouted to take the child and different college students handed the child exterior.”[5]

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