#AceworldNews – Update: SURABAYA:Jan.04: As relatives of those who died in the AirAsia crash sought strength in prayer Sunday, one week after the disaster killed all 162 on board, as rough weather again prevented searchers from reaching a large object on the ocean floor believed to be the plane’s fuselage.

' Prayers for Air Asia Victims '

‘ Prayers for Air Asia Victims ‘

Emotionally exhausted family members sang and cried at a tiny chapel in Surabaya, the city where Flight 8501 departed from Dec. 28.

The Rev. Philip Mantofa, who heads the congregation at Mawar Sharon Church – where more than a quarter of the victims were members – urged those gathered to find comfort in their faith. “If God has called your child, allow me to say this: Your child is not to be pitied,” Mantofa said, locking eyes with a grieving father seated in the front row.

“Your child is already in God’s arms. One day, your family will be reunited in heaven.”



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#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA – Nov.11 – The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April was jailed for 36 years Tuesday.

' Lee jun-Seok '

‘ Lee jun-Seok ‘

Lee Jun-seok, 69, was also acquitted of murdering more than 300 people who died in the disaster.

Prosecutors had demanded the death penalty, but a three-judge court said they failed to prove the captain had acted with an intention to kill.

He was convicted of gross negligence and dereliction of duty, including abandoning his vessel while hundreds of schoolchildren and other passengers remained trapped on board.

Three other senior crew members were sentenced to jail terms of between 15 and 30 years.



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` South Korean Ferry Disaster Could Have Resulted Due to Overloaded Cargo Being Poorly Stowed ‘

#AceNewsServices – SEOUL – April 30 – (Reuters) – The operator of the South Korean ferry that capsized and sank this month with the loss of about 300 lives was apparently being squeezed by competition from budget airlines and had to increasingly rely on its cargo business.

The Sewol ferry sank on a routine voyage south from the port of Incheon to the holiday island of Jeju on April 16.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the accident but media has reported that the ship was overloaded with cargo and it may have been poorly stowed.

The ship was carrying 476 passengers and crew and had a capacity for 956.

The Korean Register of Shipping, which tested and certified the Sewol, stipulated that it should be loaded with no more than 1,070 metric tons of cargo and passengers combined.

It is not clear how much cargo it was carrying. Prosecutors have said determining the weight of the cargo is a key part of their investigation because of suspicion of overloading.

Latest news from the rising total of recovered bodies now stands are over 200 and still rising, with a number of the crew-members having been arrested. As l reported over the last few days a number of people including the country’s Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, who said he bore some responsibility for the handling of the situation.

Ace Related News:

Reuters – April 29 – http://tinyurl.com/qjry8d4

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 27 – South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has resigned amid criticism of the government’s handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Yp

BBC News – April 27 – http://tinyurl.com/od5oha5

April 26 – 13.02 GMT: (PressTV) April 26 – All 15 crew members involved in the navigation of a ferry that sank off South Korea’s south-western coast are now in custody.Divers have recovered 183 bodies from the submerged vessel, which capsized on its way from Incheon to the island of Jeju on April 16. http://wp.me/p165ui-4XV

April 22 19.06 GMT – #AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 22 – Two more crew-members from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol were arrested Tuesday, bringing to nine the total number facing charges, CNN reported. http://wp.me/p165ui-4US

April 21 10.22 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Tz

April 18 14.36 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4R1

April 16 20.12 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oh


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