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SKorea ferry police in huge raid

SKorea ferry police in huge raid

Thousands of South Korean police have raided a church in search of a fugitive billionaire wanted over April's Sewol passenger ferry disaster. Some 6,000 officers stormed the church in Anseong city belonging to Yoo Byung-eun, who is thought to own the firm that operated the sunken ferry. Three church followers were detained on charges of...

SKorea to disband coastguard

SKorea to disband coastguard

South Korea plans to break up its coastguard in the wake of the ferry disaster in which more than 300 people died, says President Park Geun-hye. In a televised address, Park apologised formally for the sinking. A new safety agency would handle rescue duties, with investigative functions passing to the police, she said. The Sewol ferry...

SKorean ferry transcript reveals crew panic

SKorean ferry transcript reveals crew panic

The last communications between the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday and traffic services reveal panic and indecision by the crew. In the newly released transcript, a crew member repeatedly asks if there were vessels on hand to rescue passengers if evacuation was ordered. The captain has said he delayed the move for fear...

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