South Korea laments the Ferry Disaster's 10th anniversary

South Korea laments the Ferry Disaster's 10th anniversary
On April 16, 2024, in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, the salvaged Sewol ferry is seen reflected in a puddle of water at a port. The event commemorates the tenth anniversary of the worst maritime disaster to ever strike South Korea, in which hundreds of schoolchildren perished when the overloaded Sewol ferry capsized and sank. (Photo by/ ANTHONY WALLACE)

The deadliest maritime accident to ever strike South Korea occurred ten years ago on Tuesday, when the overcrowded Sewol ferry sank, killing hundreds of schoolchildren.

The incident is still contentious and politically sensitive in South Korea today. The disaster and the disastrous rescue attempts handed a crushing blow to then-president Park Geun-hye, who was subsequently ousted in 2017.

For a special ceremony early on Tuesday, a Coast Guard vessel brought some of the victims' families to the scene of the disaster. The families cried out the names of the departed and tossed flowers into the water at the location off the coast of South Korea, which is designated by a yellow buoy. There was then a moment of silence.

On April 16, 2024, in Mokpo, South Jeolla Province, visitors respectfully bow their heads in front of the salvaged Sewol ferry. This is in observance of the tenth anniversary of the nation's worst-ever maritime disaster, which claimed the lives of hundreds of schoolchildren when the overloaded Sewol ferry capsized and sank. (Photo by/ ANTHONY WALLACE)

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At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, President Yoon Suk Yeol, whose party suffered a resounding defeat in last week's legislative elections, expressed his sympathies to the families of the victims.

The present administration's response to the Itaewon tragedy and the marine's passing, experts say, proved to be an election liability. This includes the president's denial of a bill that would have permitted a special probe into the Seoul crowd crush.

South Korea had to adapt following the Sewol ferry accident. He said on Facebook on Tuesday, "Unfortunately, a culture of 'every man for himself' reappeared, resulting in the loss of precious lives in Itaewon... and the (late) marine."

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