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.
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