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Korean Ferry Disaster

Three crew members named national martyrs

12 May, 2014

South Korea recognizes as national martyrs three part-time crew members who died saving others.  Kim Ki-woong and Jung Hyun-seon, who were engaged, could have left the sinking ferry but stayed behind to rescue passengers.  Park Ji-young gave her life jacket to one of the passengers she was guiding to safety.  The recognition allows these three to be buried at a national cemetery.  As well, their families are eligible for benefits that include financial compensation and medical assistance.