I remember when I first heard about this in school. It was unreal and I honestly didn’t know the seriousness of the occasion. When i arrived home, the TV was on and the news stations were constantly playing and updating us on what was happening. At the time, it was known 5 people were dead. Out of 340 students (over 400 passengers), only 80 were found. The numbers are higher/lower now, but still.
What makes it worse is that the ferry was close to being cancelled. Because of bad visibility I presume (it was a polluted/foggy/disgusting day). The real captain was on a vacation, so another captain stepped in and an hour after the scheduled time, the ferry finally took off. The captain decided to take a short cut. My conclusion to that is that he wanted to get back at the scheduled time. Now look what happened.
"Don’t move. It’s dangerous for your safety, don’t move." The passengers were told. Many listened and most are now filed as missing and to a lot of people - presumed to be dead. The ones who did move, not all survived. But some did.
The captain goes down with the ship may not be true in all or most occasions, but someone should be available to help passengers rather than bail out and leave someone else in charge.
When the videos of the parents and loved ones of the students and passengers were shown on the TV, my heart broke. They were all crying and hoping for their child to be safe. I’m the same age. They are too young to die.
I’ve read about the guy who died on his birthday. On my birthday, I would be thinking about myself. He thought about others - a true example of selflessness.
Practically a whole high-school could be wiped out. A whole district devastated and the whole country mourning.
Sewol is like Korea’s mini Titanic, so please pray. Please, please pray.
(I just used my knowledge and what my mom and the TV told me, i didn’t check for verification.)