Don’t know if it’s coincidence or not. Titanic sank on 15th April 1912, this sank on 16th April 2014… after 102 years
South Korea ferry disaster: A 5-storey ferry with 476 people on board sank within 2 hours.
16th April is based on Eastern time. If we use Western time (same as what is used for the Titanic date), then this Korean ship indeed also sank on 15th April.
The confirmed death toll from the disaster now stands at 46 with 256 people still unaccounted for.
Of the 476 people on board when the 6,825-tonne Sewol capsized and sank on Wednesday morning, more than 350 were high school students rom the same high school in Ansan city just south of Seoul heading for the holiday island of Jeju.
More than 500 divers accessed the submerged ship in the face of powerful currents and near-zero visibility.
Relatives of the missing gathered in the southern island of Jindo – not far from the disaster site – have been clinging to the slimmest of hopes that some may have survived in trapped air pockets.
On Saturday, investigators arrested the ferry’s captain, Lee Joon-Seok and two of his crew.
All three have been criticised for abandoning hundreds of passengers still trapped in the ferry, as they made their own escape.
Lee was charged with negligence and failing to secure the safety of passengers in violation of maritime law.
All three were paraded before TV cameras at their arraignment, dressed in dark raincoats with their hoods pulled up and their heads bowed.
Questioned as to why passengers had been ordered not to move for more than 40 minutes after the ship first foundered, Lee insisted it was a safety measure.
When a ship is tilted and going to sink, the floor become a wall to climb. So people inside the room drop to the tilted lower side and difficult to climb the up side (that is actually floor before). So trapped in a room and waiting for the time to die to come. So how about we build some climbing hooks or grooves on the floor of big passenger ship or along the sides, so if it were tilted to sink, then people can climb to the windows and break the glass to escape. Maybe Singapore should start this kind of rules as a life saving protection.