Wednesday, April 23, 2014

South Korea: Update--Recovery Team Thus Far Has Found 113 Bodies from the "Sewol"

According to The Associated Press, the confirmed death toll from the April 16 disaster off South Korea's southern coast reached 113 on Tuesday (April 22) as at least the remains of 190 passengers wait to be recovered.

Twenty-two of the 29 members of the ferry's crew survived, and nine of them have been arrested or detained in connection with the investigation.

The captain of the "Sewol," Lee Joon-seok, 69, and two crew members were arrested Saturday (April 19) on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Prosecutor Yang Jung-jin said a court issued arrest warrants Tuesday (April 22) for four other crew members authorities had detained a day earlier. Two additional crew members were detained Tuesday.

COMMENT: In Ansan, funerals were held for more than ten of the teens Tuesday; education officials were building a temporary memorial that they expected to complete by Wednesday.

Parents of the missing issued a letter pleading for more government help in the search, and condemning its response so far. The letter also criticized media for reporting false rumors, and for doggedly pursuing interviews with surviving children.