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Captain sentenced and search for bodies ends in Korea ferry disaster

Paper boats line the Seoul plaza as a tribute to those who their lives in the Sewol Ferry tragedy.
Paper boats line the Seoul plaza as a tribute to those who their lives in the Sewol Ferry tragedy. Image by Republic of Korea / CC BY-SA 2.0

The search for missing bodies from the sunken Sewol ferry off the coast of Korea was officially called off on Tuesday, seven months after the disaster claimed the lives of 300 people including dozens of students. The South Korean government announced its decision to end the search, coinciding with the sentencing of the ferry’s captain to 36 years in prison for gross negligence in the disaster, while other crew received sentences of 20-30 years. The sinking of the MV Sewol ferry on 16 April remains one of the worst maritime disasters on record in Korea and prompted months of civilian protests in Seoul calling for justice and stricter government safety regulations. Read more: koreaherald.com and bbc.co.uk