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Sewol ferry had been traveling for 11 hours, 52 minutes before capsizing

Updated: 2014-04-17 21:56:20 (KST)
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Eleven hours and 52 minutes.
That is how long the capsized Korean ferry traveled after departing from its port with 4-hundred-75 passengers onboard, more than 3-hundred of them high school students.
Ranging from little children holding their mother's hand to middle-aged travelers with backpacks, they all walk towards the ship not knowing what was to come.
The ferry leaves port an hour and 20 minutes after its scheduled departure time due to foggy weather skirting the coastal area.


"We were told the thick fog would delay our departure time."

There are no indications of any trouble after the ferry hits open waters.
And around 10 p.m Tuesday, the ship passes by Palmi-do Island, slipping through the Incheon coastal waters, heading south toward Jeju Island.
Those onboard lie down for a good night's rest.
By dawn, the Sewol ferry passes near waters off Mokpo near Jeollanam-do province.
8:30 in the morning.
Excited students wake up to thoughts of their field trip to Jeju.
Many either call or text family members about their whereabouts and to tell them they are safe.
But 20 minutes later, with just two hours to go before the ship is set to arrive at port, the ship comes to an abrupt stop and begins to capsize.
The students and others onboard would be in Jeju right now if not for whatever caused the ship to sink.
Yet a majority of them remain missing at this hour, with a massive search-and-rescue operation underway to find them.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.


Reporter : ashin@arirang.co.kr

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