Could similar incident in Japan provide clues into Korean ferry disaster?Updated: 2014-04-20 09:33:17 (KST)
The capsizing of Japanese ferry Ariake is gaining attention more than four years after the incident due to its similarities with Korea's Sewol-ho ferry.
The 7,ton vessel was stranded near Japan's Mie Prefecture on November 13th, 2009 after a strong current slammed into the ship's left, forcing 2,400 tons worth of cargo to shift to one side.
The vessel lost its restoring force, and as a result, capsized.
Fortunately, the ship was carried to the nearest shore by tide and all 29 passengers and crew members onboard were safely rescued.
The Ariake and Korea's Sewol-ho ferry resemble each other in many ways.
The Ariake was operated by Marue Ferry, the company that sold the Sewol-ho ferry to Korea.
The two ships were also built by the same builder, the Japanese ship one year after the Sewol-ho ferry was completed in 1995.
The two weighed almost the same and traveled at similar speeds.
Experts say the ships are nearly identical in capacity and operation methods and the lead up to their capsizing is much the same.
The similarities are fueling hope of clues into what caused the Sewol-ho to list and sink.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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Sound like a stretch. Seems like the ship hit something, let's look at the hull.