President Park Geun-hye today offered deep condolences to the family members of those killed in last year’s deadly ferry disaster.
It comes as South Korea marks the first anniversary of the tragedy with somber ceremonies across the country.
Park gave a national address at the southwestern port of Paengmok at Jin Island, near the shipwreck site. The victims’ families, however, had left the port before Park arrived in an apparent sign of protest.
Park said “I have a heavy heart and my heart aches to think how painful it is” for the family members for their loss.”
The Sewol sank in waters off Jin Island a year ago, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students. 9 people are still missing.
Park vowed to raise the ferry as soon as possible, taking all measures to recover the bodies of the missing nine.
The National Assembly adopted a resolution calling for the speedy recovery of the Sewol, saying it could help heal the suffering of the victims’ families and survivors. The resolution was passed with 161 votes in favor, 2 votes against and 2 abstentions.
The city of Busan will hold its own special cultural memorial ceremony at 7:30pm today at Busan Station Square.
Source: Busan eFM News
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