“Setting aside cost issues, the recovery of the ferry Sewol is the path toward healing the minds of the victims, survivors and bereaved families who suffered pain from the Sewol sinking as well as those of all the citizens.”
“The government should come up with a complete plan for the recovery and begin the work as soon as possible. The salvage work should be carried out in a way that helps find the fundamental cause of the accident and recover the bodies of the nine people who remain missing from the maritime accident.”
- National Assembly on April 16
SEOUL, April 16 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Assembly Thursday adopted a resolution calling for the speedy recovery of the ferry Sewol as the country marks the first anniversary of the deadly maritime disaster.
The resolution was passed with 161 votes in favor, 2 votes against and two abstentions.
A previous feasibility study by the maritime ministry has shown that the physical recovery of the submerged vessel may be technically possible but it has yet to be decided whether to actually salvage the ship.
The ministry has said the recovery cost may amount to 550 billion won (US$505 million), including 190 billion won already spent.
The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol sank off the country’s southwest coast on April 16 last year, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students on a school excursion.