logo

Video encyclopedia

Sinking of the MV Sewol

1:40

Heartbreaking video reveals final goodbyes of South Korea ferry passengers

2:57

Captian of first ship to Sewol ferry knew it was sinking

2:58

Fisherman rescued students from sinking ferry

2:10

What caused the ship to sink?

1:52

Raising the dead from S. Korea ferry disaster

The sinking of MV Sewol, also called the Sewol ferry disaster, occurred on the morning of 16 April 2014, when the passenger/ro-ro ferry was en route from Incheon towards Jeju in South Korea. The South Korean ferry sank while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School. The 6,825-ton vessel sent a distress signal from about 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) north of Byeongpungdo at 08:58 Korea Standard Time. In total, 304 passengers and crew members died in the disaster. Of the approximately 172 survivors, more than half were rescued by fishing boats and other commercial vessels that arrived at the scene approximately 40 minutes after the South Korean coast guard.