U.S. Navy to Help with South Korean Ferry Salvage

U.S. Navy to Help with South Korean Ferry Salvage

South Korean Ferry Salvage

USNS Safeguard (Photo by MC3 Sean Furey / US Navy via DefenseNews.com)

The U.S. Navy is offering its assistance with the salvage of a ferry that capsized April 16 off the coast of South Korea with 476 people on board.

The salvage and rescue ship USNS Safeguard is lending the use of its anchors, wires, ropes, salvage buoys and towing gear at the wreckage site, according to Military.com. In addition, the U.S. Navy sent a master diver and salvage engineer to the site of the disaster, the article noted. The master diver is on board an amphibious ship called the Dokdo, a South Korean navy vessel.

Details on the South Korean Ferry Salvage

The ferry disaster last week has so far caused 113 confirmed deaths, and more than 190 passengers are still missing, the BBC reported. The majority of the ferry’s passengers were children and teachers on a school trip. Military divers with the South Korean Coast Guard as well as civilian volunteer divers have been working steadily since last week to recover the bodies of those lost in the tragedy.

Divers were slated to continue their recovery efforts another two days, after which the victims’ families agreed that the salvage operation should begin, the BBC noted. By April 18, three giant floating cranes had already arrived at the wreckage site to lift part of the ferry out of the water, according to CNN.

The USNS Safeguard

The USNS Safeguard is a 255-foot ship designed to help ships that are damaged in combat and has lifting, towing and diving operations capabilities, according to Defense News. Another American ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, was already participating in rescue operations.

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