Lifeboats Reportedly Weren’t Deployed In Ferry Disaster


When the news broke a ferry in South Korea
carrying 475 passengers sank, it was devastating enough. Now, reports are saying only one of
the boat’s lifeboats was deployed. ​CNN cites YTN, which reports there were
46 lifeboats attached to the South Korean ferry, but, again, only one was deployed. “CNN has not been able to independently confirm
the report. But if true, it will fuel the anger of families still waiting to hear the
fate of 287 passengers still missing at sea.” Arirang is reporting that vessel monitoring
systems confirm the ferry made an abrupt shift from the travel course. “Due to this, the 180 vehicles and 1,000 tons
of cargo on board to shift to one side, ultimately leading the ship to capsize very quickly.
This again is a provisional finding.” However, survivors are backing up the claim,
they “​have told media that the Sewol jolted on two occasions as it tilted at a 90-degree
angle and again as it capsized. Fishermen who took part in the early rescue efforts
have given supporting accounts.” (Via Korea Herald) So far, at least nine people have been confirmed
dead. The number is expected to rise. The ship sank Wednesday, but rescue efforts have
been hampered by strong currents. (Via Fox News) There were more than 400 people on board the
ferry. Many of the passengers were high school students.

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