South Korean Families Protest Over 'Slow' Rescue Operation

World | April 20, 2014, Sunday // 12:09|  views


Relatives of the people missing in the sunken South Korean ferry protested and clashed with police over the “slow” rescue operation. 

Police prevented up to 100 angry relatives marching from Jindo island to Seoul on Sunday.

The relatives and friends of missing people have been staying in a gymnasium on the island, and scuffles broke out when some worried family members attempted to cross a bridge to the mainland, and begin a 260-mile trek to the presidential building.

Others blocked the car of Prime Minister Chung Hong-won and demanded a meeting with President Park Geun-hye, as Chung made a visit to Jindo. Chung later returned to the gymnasium, but met only with a number of representatives of the family members in a side office.  

According to the BBC, about 200 ships, 34 aircraft and 600 divers have been searching the ship for survivors.

According to Fox News reports, divers broke the windows of the ferry to enter it and began to pull bodies from the sunken ship. 

The death toll has reached 56. More than 250 are still missing, most of them high school students who were going on a school trip. 

The head of one group sending divers to the vessel said on Saturday that there was "almost zero" chance of finding anyone else alive. 

The ferry's captain, Lee Joon-seok, was arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.

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