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The dock of C.C shipyard Co. Ltd. refurbished the South Korean ferry Sewol in 2012 by adding space and weight to the vessel.
The dock of C.C shipyard Co. Ltd. refurbished the South Korean ferry Sewol in 2012 by adding space and weight to the vessel.
(Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Ferry disaster only latest in country’s poor marine safety record

A few times an hour, the number ticks one higher and a nation’s pride sinks lower.

The grim toll of bodies removed from a capsized ferry submerged off South Korea’s southwestern coast reached 121 on Tuesday evening. As Seoul marshals a massive response — 550 divers, 212 ships, 34 airplanes – the ranks of the missing are slowly diminishing. If no one is found inside alive, 302 will have died in the Sewol ferry disaster.