List of South Korean ferry disasters

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This is a list of disasters involving ferries of South Korea.

Year Ship name Description Lives lost Image
1953 Changgyeong (ko) Changgyeong sank on 5 January 1953. It was cruising from Yeosu towards Busan.[1] 229
1970 Namyoung (ko) Namyoung sank on 14 December 1970. It was carrying 338 people, who were travelling from Busan towards Jeju.[2] 326
1993 Seohae Seohae sank on 10 October 1993 near Wido island, Jeolla Province. The ship was carrying 362 passengers (141 more than its capacity) and heavy freight in bad weather.[2] 292
2014 Sewol Sewol capsized on 16 April 2014. It was carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School (Ansan City) who were travelling from Incheon towards Jeju.[3] 304[4] Ferry Sewol 1.jpg

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  1. ^ "창경호, 다대포서 침몰... 229명 사망" [Changgyeong sank at Dadaepo... 229 died] (in Korean). 2012-01-09. 
  2. ^ a b "남영호 사고 326명 사망 ‘최악’... 서해 페리호 292명 숨져" [Namyoungho accident killed 326 people 'worst' ... Seohae ferry 292 people died] (in Korean). 2014-04-17. 
  3. ^ Jack Kim, Choonsik Yoo (16 April 2014). "More than 300 people missing after South Korea ferry sinks ? coastguard". Reuters. 
  4. ^ "Murder trial of Sewol captain begins in South Korea". 17 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.