According to a court in the southern city of Gwangju, the captain of the Sewol ferry, which sunk in South Korea last April, was convicted guilty of murder on appeal and sentenced to life in prison. The judge said the captain showed "callous indifference" to the safety of his passengers.
The ferry sank after carrying more than 400 people to their deaths in one of Asia's worst maritime disasters. Most of the victims were high school students on their way to join a sports competition when the boat sank.
Captain Lee Joon-seok was also found guilty of negligence that caused death and was given a 10-year sentence, but it can be reduced by half due to time served. He has been in jail since the disaster occurred.
The court said the captain ordered the vessel into an unsafe route at night without enough crew members and violated regulations by stopping the engine without informing passengers first.
The judge called the captain's actions "a huge crime that cannot be justified."
The ferry's owner has filed for bankruptcy and its six managers have been arrested for criminal negligence that caused death. None of them are being tried in court because they have already spent several months in detention waiting for the trial to begin.
An appeals court in South Korea condemned the captain of the Sewol ferry to life in prison on a murder charge, reaffirming a previous verdict. He had been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison in November, but family of the dead were outraged that he had not been convicted of murder. The judge at his second trial said there was no evidence that the captain knew about the voyage the passengers were planning to make.
The captain is now set to appeal against the ruling. He has denied any responsibility for the deaths and says he did his best to rescue those aboard ship before it sank. Prosecutors are still deciding whether to appeal against the conviction of three other crew members for involuntary manslaughter. All four defendants received suspended sentences after their first trial in 2016.
The Sewol ferry left from South Korea's southern port city of Port-au-Prince at 8:50 am on April 16, 2014, with 148 people on board. It never arrived at its destination of Jeju Island, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) away. Only 82 people survived - most of them students from one high school in Seoul who were on their way home for the summer break. The others include 20 children and six adults. None of the victims have been identified yet because many relatives refused to identify the bodies until they could be sure that none of the survivors was among them.
Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, was convicted guilty of manslaughter in 2016 and sentenced to 16 years in jail. Francesco Schettino was sentenced to ten years in prison for multiple manslaughter, five years in prison for producing a shipwreck, and one year in prison for leaving the passengers at the moment of the sinking. The judge ruled that he had shown "a lack of human dignity" in his handling of the situation.
Concordia was carrying more than 4500 people on board when it struck a reef off the coast of Tuscany in January 2011. The accident resulted in 32 deaths and about 150 injuries. It is Italy's worst maritime disaster since World War II.
Schettino had been accused of negligence but was found not guilty of murder. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of homicide. But the judge ruled that he was too young at the time of the incident to be sentenced for murder.
Schettino had been suspended from his job before the trial started but was acquitted of all charges against him. His lawyer argued that justice has been done because no one was killed during the trial itself.
However, several victims' groups were not satisfied with the verdict and said they would file an appeal. They claimed that Schettino was only being made an example of because he was a high-ranking officer.
Captain Lord died on January 24, 1962, at the age of 84, nearly half a century after the Titanic went down. He was laid to rest in the New Brighton Cemetery in Merseyside.
The Californian left New York City on April 10, 1912, with about 400 passengers and crew members aboard. It stopped at several ports including Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; and Portland, Oregon before ending up in San Francisco. During its long journey from New York to California, the ship encountered two major storms - one off Newfoundland and another near the Grand Banks of Canada - that caused considerable damage. However, it was the loss of life during these storms that is most disturbing. There were more than 40 deaths among those caught in the waves.
In addition to the captain, there were four other officers on board who also died: Thomas Dawson, Henry Gannon, Richard Johnson, and William Mack. The only member of the crew that survived the wreck hunt was Charles Lightoller, who was promoted to become the first officer on another vessel owned by the White Star Line. He had been asleep in his room when the ship hit the iceberg. Waking up just in time to see the iceberg, he ordered the engines turned off but didn't have time to put the ship into reverse.
Jim is the only crew member remaining to testify after the other guys depart town before the magistrate's court can be convened. All of them are unable to cruise since they have lost their certificates. Brierly, a captain of impeccable character who serves on the court's panel, commits suicide a few days after the trial. The coroner's report lists "hypothermia" as the cause of death.
Jim remains behind in town with only his ship's cat for company. He is not able to leave because there is no one left to sign his license certificate. Since he has no papers, Jim will be detained by police officers if they catch him trying to cross the border into Canada. This will make it impossible for him to appear in court; therefore, he decides to go along with the crowd and get fake papers.
During his stay in Vancouver, Jim meets up with an old friend named Tommy who works at a car dealership. Together, they start making plans to return to India to find new jobs. Meanwhile, some gangsters from town recognize Jim and they torture him for information about the missing court judges. They also threaten to kill his feline companion if he doesn't cooperate, but Jim refuses to tell anything even under torture. After several hours, the gangsters give up and let him go.
Later that night, when everyone else is asleep, Jim sneaks onto the boat deck. He wants to finish his farewell tour around the lake before leaving forever.