SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – Less are missing but more are found dead in the South Korean ferry tragedy. The death toll is up to 181 as the search continues in the Yellow Sea. Most of the deaths so far have been high school students; 300 of them on their four-day trip to a nearby resort island.
If that’s not sad enough, crews found 48 girls dead inside a room on the ferry, sunken at the bottom of the sea. Get this, the girls were wearing life vests and were trapped!
Crews don’t know why or how they were not able to make it out alive, but apparently they crammed into a room meant to hold only about 30 people.
Researchers in Japan are simulating an experiment about what could have gone wrong on the ferry. Using weights to mimic containers on a boat, the researchers believe a shift in unsecured cargo from one side of the boat to the other, may have caused the ferry to tilt on its side; just as the ‘Sewol’ did, off the southwestern coast of South Korea ultimately sinking.
Parents and families are taking the toll pretty hard. President Obama expressed condolences to families of the victims during his visit in South Korea.