Accident: Korean ferry Sewol capsized

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Accident: Korean ferry Sewol capsized Gender: N/A
born on 16 April 2014 at 08:49:40 (= 08:49:40 AM )
Place Mokp'o, Korea (N and S), 34n48, 126e22
Timezone JST h9e (is standard time)
Data source
Timed documented source, news
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Liefeld/de Jabrun
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 25°55' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 04°08 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 15°57'


The sinking of the MV Sewol occurred on 16 April 2014 en route from Incheon to Jeju. The Japanese-built South Korean ferry capsized while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School (Ansan City). The 6,825-ton vessel sent a distress signal from about 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) north off Byeongpungdo at 08:58 Korea Standard Time (23:58 UTC, 15 April 2014).

Around 300 people died in the disaster. Of the approximate 172 survivors, many were rescued by fishing boats and other commercial vessels, which were first on the scene before the arrival approximately 30 minutes later of the South Korean coast guard and ROK Navy ships, backed by helicopters. There are ongoing recovery efforts by the South Korean government, the United States Navy, civilian groups, and individuals.

The sinking of the Sewol has resulted in widespread social and political reaction within South Korea, ranging from criticism of the actions of the captain and most of the crew of the ferry, to criticism of the ferry operator and the regulators who oversaw its operations, to criticism of the South Korean government and media for its disaster response and attempts to downplay government culpability.

On 15 May 2014, the captain and 3 crew members were charged with murder, while the other 11 members of the crew were indicted for abandoning the ship. An arrest warrant was also issued for Yoo Byung-eun, the owner of Chonghaejin Marine, which operated the Sewol, but he could not be found despite a nationwide manhunt. On 22 July 2014, police revealed that they had established that a dead man found in a field 415 kilometres south of Seoul was Yoo. Foul play was ruled out, but police said they had yet to establish the cause of Yoo's death.

Link to Wikipedia: Sinking of the MV Sewol



  • Other Misc. 16 April 2014 at 08:58 AM in Mokp'o (distress signal)
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  • Death of Significant person 12 June 2014 in Sunch'On (The corpse of the ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun was found.)
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Source Notes (Original sources in korean language):

"(...) Consequently, the ship herself listed 20 degrees into the water; on 8:49:40, the listing caused the cargo to fall to one side of the ship." This displacement of the cargo was the direct trigger for the capsize.


  • Mundane : Disasters : Accidents (Ferry capsized)