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7 Feb 2024

ESTHER CHUNG, Korea JoongAng Daily (South Korea),
Seeing-hwa Lee, Newspim (South Korea)

S. Korea: High Court upholds lower court’s ruling in compensation suit in favour of Sewol ferry disaster survivors

"Court hands partial victory to Sewol sinking survivors," 7 Feb 2024

The Seoul High Court ruled in favor of 19 survivors of the Sewol ferry disaster and their families on Wednesday, upholding the previous ruling on the compensation suit. [...] The high court upheld a previous ruling that awarded 80 million won ($60,273) in compensation to each of the survivors.

[...] The captain, Lee Jun-seok, and 14 crew members survived, abandoning the sinking ferry after telling everyone else to stay put. Lee was sentenced to life for murder by the Supreme Court in 2015, and the crew members received prison terms ranging from 18 months to 12 years for negligence.

[...] A lower court ruled in January 2019 that the survivors and their families must be compensated for the trauma they experienced due to the neglect by the crew, the Coast Guard and the company that owned the ship.