Political parties remain deadlocked over the legislation of a special bill aimed at addressing issues resulting from the Sewol ferry disaster in April, prompting victims’ families to stage a hunger strike on Monday to urge the immediate formation of a probe team.
The families have been conducting a sit-in at the National Assembly since Saturday to criticise lawmakers tasked with writing the “special Sewol bill,” named after the ferry sinking that left more than 300 dead or missing.
They are demanding that the probe team be given the right to investigate the maritime disaster and indict those responsible under the special law.
South Korean ferry victims’ families stage hunger strike to urge passing of Sewol bill Publication
More than two years after it ran aground off the Italian coast, the cruise ship Costa Condordia is floating again. Salvage workers managed that feat Monday by expelling water from large caissons, the pontoons that are attached to its sides.
“Six hours after the refloating began, the 115,000-ton vessel had cleared its custom-made platform by one meter,” reports NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli. “The ship is to be raised another meter today. Then it will be towed 90 feet eastward and anchored to the seabed and land with chains and cables.”
The initial moments of the refloating were seen as the most dangerous, as it wasn’t known if the hull could maintain its integrity. Today marks another step in the largest maritime salvage operation in history.
Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After 2 Years wgcu.org
The largest salvage operation in maritime history is nearing completion. The sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia was successfully refloated this morning off the coast of Italy. The vessel struck a reef and capsized two and a half years ago, killing 32 people. People gathered near the shore to watch the operation, and memorialize the victims of the shipwreck.
Sunken Costa Concordia Refloated 999ktdy