Surviving students of Sewol-ho ferry disaster testify

Surviving students of Sewol-ho ferry disaster testify


Six surviving students of the Sewol-ho ferry
disaster were in court Monday, giving testimony in a trial against the ferry’s crew members.
The students said many more would have survived,… IF the crew and the Coast Guard had taken
proper measures. Yoo Li-an reports.
A ferry with about 300 passengers,… most of them students, is sinking fast.
But instead of staging full-out rescue efforts,… the crew members are nowhere to be seen, and
the coast guard is watching from afar. This… was the testimony given by six survivors
of April’s Sewol-ho ferry disaster… who are students of Danwon High School.
Speaking in a court hearing Monday afternoon,… the six gave a chronological account of the
events from the time of the accident. One said that about “30 students were lined
up for the emergency exit. But when the rescue team didn’t arrive,… each student began
jumping into the water.” As soon as she did,… the student says in
a shaky voice that the waves suddenly crashed up against the emergency exit,… where 10
of her friends had been waiting. They were unable to escape. Another surviving student… also said that
the Sewol-ho crew were nowhere to be seen for the entirety of her escape.
She testified that the coast guard was within an arm’s reach of the emergency exit,.. but
only lifted out the people who fell into the water.
She said she told them a lot more of her friends were just inside the emergency exit,… but
the coast guard only watched as the ship continued to list.
Most students told judges that there were repeated announcements instructing passengers
to stay where they were. If they had received instructions to escape,
the six students said many more could have survived.
The students ended their testimonies by asking the panel of judges to punish the crewmen
to the strictest letter of the law. Sewol-ho ferry captain Lee Joon-seok and three
of his fellow crew are currently on trial for charges of homicide by willful negligence.
None were present at Monday’s court hearing. Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.

37 thoughts on “Surviving students of Sewol-ho ferry disaster testify

  • December 27, 2016 at 4:48 am
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    They have fucking kids as judges..I don't care how smart they are. age should play a role in becoming a judge.

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  • March 17, 2017 at 6:43 pm
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    This is literally murder they allowed this people to die to avoid hassle

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  • April 16, 2017 at 6:17 am
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    just stood and watched the heck that so rude 😠

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  • May 15, 2017 at 11:07 am
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    whats the point of escaping if your gonna stay at jail -.- those crewman

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  • May 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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    even if the crew die right now or have a lifetime sentence…i think it will not be enough for those kids who died

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  • December 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm
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    3 years passed and i still can't even imagine that they told the students to stay where they are while they ran away!! Even if u were so selfish and u wanted to ran away to save yourself, why didn't u even give a chance for those students to try and save themselves like u fucking did!!!
    Those murderers deserve to die!! They killed more than 300 beautiful soul, just imagining the last moments these students were going through makes my heart in pieces!!! RIP💛

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  • December 20, 2017 at 10:56 am
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    fuck those heartless cunts

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  • April 17, 2018 at 2:51 am
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    I watch those Self videos of some Students and its so Heartbreaking.To all Victims May your Soul Rest in Peace.Hope for Justice Served.

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  • April 20, 2018 at 5:34 am
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    this is fucking disgusting and so disappointing

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  • April 20, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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    Korea is one of the top countries with the best education system in the world (top 3 in 2016)… yet these students (base on their actions during the sinking) didnt even used basic disaster/survival techniques… i dont know if the school really teaches them these kinds of stuffs but like if they do, the kids should've done something to survive even if the annoucer on the speaker are telling them to stay where they are, calm down and wait for rescue… another thing in korean youth is that they were taught to respct and follow their senior no matter what and it sucks, like "not all" elders/seniors know what they are doing if its the right thing or not… like geez they were killed becus they follow dem shit order… btw sorry for my wrong grammar…. im sooo mad until now.

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  • April 24, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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    i dont get was it that hard to announce to leave the boat

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  • April 25, 2018 at 3:17 am
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    6 survivors?!

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  • June 2, 2018 at 9:10 am
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    There are at least 40 life boats and the crew didn't even use it? Only one life boat was used?

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  • July 14, 2018 at 2:01 pm
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    Sk refused the help of Japan and US 😔😔 they were already on the scene but sk refused.

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  • July 21, 2018 at 5:19 am
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    Homocide by willful negligence, god let the police officers do the same to them. By willful negligence…

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  • August 17, 2018 at 8:22 am
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    Gont ship owner captain crew memberes coast gaurd planed mass secrifice they dont help anyone they just delay there work they want to recover there body not surviver all are cult religious they do this for purpose

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  • November 4, 2018 at 8:50 pm
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    To think that so many could have lived if decisions were made different, it’s heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking.

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  • March 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    Must be very scary for them

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  • March 15, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    yea bitch just throw all of these faults to the kapten and the crews so that the fucking president and her fucking environment can enjoys their fucking lifes.

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  • April 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Coast guard fatal ignorance. And lousy emergency instructions.

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  • April 19, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    Owh so they did hv some of them get to jump into the water is thought it's really nobody but still this is such a heartbroken tragedy..

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  • April 20, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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    No they were more then 6 that escape

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  • April 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm
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    Those coast guard members who neglected the victims, I hope you get what you deserve. No good luck for you for the rest of your shitty lives. (I know wishing someone bad luck is not good but they really made me mad. I'm not sorry.)

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  • April 21, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    the crewmen thought they will survived if they'll sacrifice the students… now karma is a bitch. fuck you crew men especially the caption. suck your dick you mother fucker.

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  • April 22, 2019 at 4:36 pm
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    Cowards….they all got off even bottom of the ship engine crew … without a back glance at 300+ people told to stay put…guess they wanted to see who was smart enough to jump off… unbelievable all deserve firing squad…

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  • April 22, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    The coast guards must have had a loudspeaker of some sort on board their rescue boat. Surely they could make an emergency announcement from outside to inform those still inside to quickly come out.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    No way! 6 out of the whole crew?!?!

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  • April 27, 2019 at 6:59 pm
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    There is no excuse whatsoever for this kind of epic failure in the 21st Century, let alone a country who thinks it’s advanced. SK citizens deserve sooo much better.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 5:24 am
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    oh my!! how do they call themselves coast gurads? and c’mon if u cant do any help dont go in emergency situations. some suivivors have more guts to help for others to survive.

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  • May 3, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    Why did they murder those kids?

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  • July 14, 2019 at 10:40 am
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    A big fuck you to those authorities who had killed those children dreams! They were hoping and believing that they'll somehow survived but damn this stupid people! Can they even sleep soundly at night knowing how scared those students might be?

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  • July 20, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    I dont know what enters their mind to let the students stay put. I would never do that if i were them, i am willing to risk my life to save many. This is so heartbreaking! If only i can take back the time.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:45 am
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    I'm fucking disgusted by how the crewmen got away and let the kids to die… our generation goes through the most shit from everyone and are futures arent secure a lot anymore with climate chnage on the way and politics corruption at a new time bad and wars everywhere and everything becoming more expensive at this rate we are set for doom but even with such a bleak future… look what they've already done to us they have destroyed the lives of potential doctors teachers etc and ruined the hearts of those children who just got away but had no chance to say goodbye to those they loved

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  • September 4, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    The ones who disobeyed are the ones who survived… This isn’t the first time this happen in South Korea. When a train was burning, the passengers were told to sit still and wait and were locked inside the train compartments, and they all got burnt to crisps. When you hear “stay still and wait for the rescue team” in Korea, it’s time to run

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  • September 6, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    🎗 April 15th | RIP 💜

    this case will forever breaks my heart and i have soft spot for the victims 😔

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  • November 30, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    Out of 475 no one should’ve died. They were still young people, filled with hope and dreams but now it all perished alongside with them. 😔

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  • December 9, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    What if they planned this?

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