Inexperienced 3rd Mate Steered Ill-Fated Ferry
A ferry that sank off the southwest coast on Wednesday was being steered by an inexperienced third mate. A back-up captain, Lee Joon-seok was in charge of 475 passengers aboard the ferry since the regular one, identified as Shin was on vacation. >> Full Text

Ferry Made Abrupt Sharp Turn Before Capsizing
The ill-fated ferry that sank off the southwest coast killing hundreds on Wednesday made a sharp turn right before it capsized, investigators said Thursday. The Coast Guard earlier believed that the 6,825-ton Sewol struck rocks, but so far there appear to be no marks of a collision of the ship's hull or propeller. >> Full Text
Festivals, Events Canceled as Ferry Disaster Spreads Somber Mood
As over 170 passengers are still missing after a ferry capsized off the southwest coast on Wednesday, municipal and provincial governments nationwide have decided to cancel or downsize various events and festivals. Entertainment industries have also axed or delayed most of their promotional activities and events this week. >> Full Text

Families of missing passengers of a sunken ferry gather in Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Thursday.

Students at Danwon High School in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province hold a candlelight vigil on Thursday. /Newsis

Actress Eugene and her husband and actor Ki Tae-young speak after being named promotional ambassadors for a climate change awareness campaign in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

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