Families of Ferry Victims Want Government to Continue Search

kpride, Nov. 19, 2014, 9:07 a.m.

Families of the victims of the April 16 ferry disaster on Tuesday demanded the government immediately reinstate the response team near the site of the sinking.  The families and activists traveled to Jindo Island in South Jeolla Province to protest the government's decision.

They criticized the government for withdrawing all personnel and resources from the site of the accident as soon as they agreed to end the underwater search for missing bodies. They demanded the response team remain at work and raise the ferry in its entirety as the families have hoped.

The government on Tuesday disbanded the response team in Jindo and ordered some 100 public workers to return to their original jobs.  The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries instead wants to form a taskforce to review the recovery of ship and carry on negotiations with the victims' families. 

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