TRL Assist in Sewol Search

Korean Ferry Sewol

Korean Ferry Sewol


Threat Resolution Limited (TRL) has deployed personnel to Korea to assist in the Sewol search and recovery operations.

The sinking of the MV Sewol occurred on 16 April 2014 en route to Jeju from Incheon. The South Korean ferry capsized while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School (Ansan City). The 6,825-ton vessel sent a distress signal from about 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) off Gwanmaedo Island at 08:58 Korea Standard Time and sank soon afterwards.

The 6,825-ton Sewol was carrying 476 passengers, when it began sinking. Of them 174, including the vessel’s crew and the captain, were rescued immediately, but since then no one had been found alive.

Many of the surviving passengers were rescued by fishing boats and other commercial vessels, which were first on the scene before the arrival approximately 30 minutes later of the South Korean coast guard and ROK Navy ships backed by helicopters.

The ferry was built in 1994 in Japan and in 2012 was bought by the South Korean company.

TRL personnel, principally senior Clearance Divers, will provide  specialised training to local divers in the use of specialist hand-held underwater search equipment and underwater search techniques.

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