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Photographer:lappino [View profile]Title:SEWOLAdded:Nov 24, 2017
Captured:July 01, 2017IMO:9105205Hits:4,789
Location:Mokpo, Mogpo, Korea (South)
Photo Category: Casualties
All my previous photos of this casualty were of a "tourist" type; here's one that's more "insider" type.

After taking the vessel ashore in the beginning of April, huge work was started, aimed mostly at locating the bodies of passengers still considered missing. This photo was taken when this work was well underway; on the left side of the photo you can see an access stairway tower laying on the ground, as it was no longer needed after partial dismantling of aft accommodation part.

Dismantled material was stored in pens that can be seen on the right side of the photo, with separate pens for structural and non-structural material. Even if the latter seems to be just dumped, it was first sifted through very thoroughly, in order not to miss even the smallest bit of biological evidence. The inside of the ship was said to be completely gutted for this purpose. To deal with this evidence, there are CSI tents that can be seen on the upper right side of the photo.

Four bodies were found on board and on the bottom where she sunk, and 5 people remain missing.

Photo taken from an elevated position by (...) and posted with permission.
Vessel Identification
Flag:South Korea
Former name(s):
- Ferry Naminoue (Until 2012 Oct)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Ro-ro/passenger Ship
Gross tonnage:6,586 tons
Summer DWT:3,981 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1994
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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lappino on Nov 24, 2017 10:23 (1 year ago)
Exactly, Jan.

And, just as I thought that this story is slowly nearing its end, with the formal funeral ceremonies being held for the 5 missing victims on Monday (some closure for the families, as you say gymnogene), and the official decision to end the search, it turned out that we're at the beginning of the new lap in this race, Korean style.

Turns out that a fragment of human skeleton was found last Friday, but the people in the know (including the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries) decided to keep quiet, so that the funerals with empty coffins could go on, and the search remain suspended.

Now, just couple of hours ago, Korean Parliament has voted to reopen the investigation on Sewol's sinking, so maybe she'll remain at Mokpo New Port for some time to come.
jan_t on Nov 24, 2017 10:14 (1 year ago)
The 'elevated position' being a laid-up container vessel newbuilding?
gymnogene on Nov 24, 2017 08:14 (1 year ago)
Thanks for this very informative update. Hopefully it will give some closure to the families of those who were still missing.
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