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Ferry Disaster

Hong Kong ferry disaster captain convicted

Hong Kong ferry disaster captain convicted

The captain of a ferry involved in one of Hong Kong's worst sea disasters has been convicted of manslaughter over the 39 people who died. Lai Sai-ming, who captained the Sea Smooth in the 2012 collision, was also found guilty of endangering the safety of others at sea. The skipper of the other boat involved...

Prosecutors seek to arrest SKorea ferry company head

Prosecutors seek to arrest SKorea ferry company head

South Korean prosecutors are seeking to formally arrest the head of the company that owns a doomed ferry in part of their investigation into its sinking last month that left more than 300 people, mostly high school students, dead or missing, officials said today. Prosecutors asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin Marine Co Ltd, over allegations of cargo overloading, according to a judge at the court in the southern port city of Mokpo. He spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules. The Mokpo court subsequently quizzed Kim and was expected to decide whether to approve his arrest later Friday, court officials said. Authorities...

SKorean PM resigns over ferry disaster

SKorean PM resigns over ferry disaster

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has offered his resignation amid criticism of the government's handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry. In a statement, a sombre Chung said the "cries of the families of those missing still keep me up at night". The Sewol ferry with 476 people on board - most of...

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