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Sunken Sewol-ho ferry and marine traffic control tower communicated for 30 mins Updated: 2014-04-21 14:02:07 KST

 Sunken Sewol-ho ferry and marine traffic control tower communicated for 30 mins

Even if you speak Korean, it's difficult to make out what the two sides are saying.
But what is evident is that the situation sounds quite dire.
The joint investigation team composed of the police and the prosecution released the transcript on Sunday.
The Sewol-ho ferry and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Service, the marine traffic control center, made contacts 11 times and communicated for 31 minutes.
The control center first contacted the sinking ferry at 9:06 a.m. Wednesday.
At 9:12 a.m. the ferry was already severely tilted.
The crew member who was talking to the control center already knew that the people onboard were not able to move.
The control center told the ferry that the captain needs to decide whether to order passengers to abandon the vessel -- that was around 9:25 a.m.
But the ferry said it was unable to make announcements because its speaker system was down.
And the last time the two made contact was at 9:37 a.m., when the ferry told the control tower that only the people who were able to escape to the left side of the ferry were able to leave the vessel.
Whether the captain was in the steering room when the communications were being made is still unknown.
Captain Lee Joon-suk is arrested and formally charged for escaping the ship before the passengers.
Further investigation will determine whether the captain in fact DID neglect his duty by not promptly notifying the passengers about the situation during that 30-minute time frame.
Laah Hyun-kyung, Arirang News.
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