April 16, 2014
On the morning of April 16, 2014, MV SEWOL sank en route from Incheon to Jeju.
What makes this tragedy worse is that most of the 304 who perished were children, high school students from Danwon High School (Ansan City). These students listened to the following announcement on the ship:
“Do not move. Just stay where you are. It’s dangerous if you move, so just stay where you are.”
MV SEWOL sent a distress signal from about 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) north off Byeongpungdo at 0858 Korea Standard Time (23:58 UTC, 15 April 2014).
Sewol was carrying 476 passengers and of these 325 were students on a field trip from Danwon High School.
Rest in Peace.
Photo: MV SEWOL sinking on the morning of April 16, 2014.