In April this year, a South Korean Ferry went down resulting in the death of over 300 people most of which were young teenage students. The Captain of that ferry has now been sentenced to 36 years in prison after being found guilty of gross negligence.

Captain Lee Joon-Seok

Captain Lee Joon-Seok

Lee Joon-Seok, the captain of the ferry was one of the 15 crew members who faced trial over what is said to be one of South Korea’s worst maritime disasters. The ferry was carrying 476 people as at the time it went down but only a few survived this disaster leaving over 300 dead. He was tried and found guilty and has been sentenced.Prosecutors charged him with homicide and called for death penalty but Judges acquitted him on that charge.

The Semol Ferry

The Semol Ferry

Lee who is in his 60’s was filmed leaving the sinking ship while many passengers remained inside. Some survivors had pointed out that many others would have survived but they obeyed the crew members who told them to stay put. During the trial, Lee accepted to spend the rest of his days in jail and apologized for abandoning them in the ferry.

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The Chief engineer of the ferry, Park, was found guilty of murder and has been sentenced for 30 years. In addition to this, 13 other crew members were also given jail sentences of up to 20 years on charges of abandonment and violating maritime law.  The incidence left at least three crew members dead, those of whom stayed back and tried to evacuate some passengers before the ferry eventually went down.

Watch Video from the incidence below.

 

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