May 10, 2018 09:20
The wreck of the ferry Sewol, which sank four years ago in the worst maritime disaster in Korea's history, is being pulled upright on Thursday morning.
The ferry carrying some 450 passengers capsized in waters off the southwestern island of Jindo on April 16, 2014, killing more than 300 people.
Last year, the rusty hull of the 6,825-ton ferry was finally raised out of the sea and laid on its side in Mokpo port, on the coast of South Jeolla Province.
Earlier this week, Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, the shipbuilder in charge of the operation, fixed 33 steel beams to each side of the ferry and connected wires to them from a 10,000-ton floating crane to pull the vessel upright.
Salvage workers held a rehearsal from early Wednesday morning, successfully pulling the vessel up by 40 degrees before lowering it back on its side.
They started pulling the vessel upright on Thursday morning and aims to finish the operation in four hours due to safety reasons.
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