Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sewol ferry hauled onto lifting ship in salvage operation (video)

South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry has been successfully hauled onto a giant heavy lifting ship, officials said, a step towards returning the vessel to port.

Nearly three years after it went down killing more than 300 people, the wreck was safely placed onto a semi-submersible ship that will finally bring it to shore.

Almost all the victims were schoolchildren and it is thought that nine bodies still unaccounted for may be trapped inside.

The 145-metre ship was brought to the surface in a complex salvage operation believed to be among the largest recoveries ever of a wreck in one piece.

After being pulled up to the surface by wires lowered from two large barges, a flotilla of powerful tugs towed the wreck towards the semi-submersible.

It was placed over the deck of the semi-submersible, which will then rise throughout the day to expose the hull of the Sewol completely.................

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