Safety protocol. If it had been followed in the Sewol-ho ferry disaster, might the situation have been drastically different?
The passengers and crew of the now-sunken ferry, it’s been revealed, did not receive proper emergency training before casting off from Incheon port.
Our Hwang Ji-hye reports.
This is a huge American cruise ship that can carry thousands of passengers.
Before leaving port, everyone gathers on the deck for mandatory safety education.
They try on life vests and learn how to use them in emergency situations.
Passengers also learn how to stay alive if they find themselves in the water,… how to get on rescue boats… and even how to use flare guns.
This safety education goes on for about an hour.
Such efforts come on the heels of major maritime accidents, like the one that capsized the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012.
“While accidents are rare, it’s important that cruise lines offer their passengers and crews the highest levels of safety and responsiveness in the event that something does go wrong.”
Although Korean ships have safety manuals on board,… safety seminars such as the ones that take place in the U.S. and other countries are rare.
To prevent further cases like the Sewol-ho,… experts say it’s critical that authorities take maritime safety issues more seriously and put necessary regulations in place.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.