JINDO, South Korea – A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.
"If this ferry evacuates passengers, will they be rescued right away?" the ferry Sewol asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) at 9:24 a.m. Wednesday, about a half-hour after the ship began listing. That followed several statements from the ship, beginning at 9 a.m., that people aboard couldn't move, and another in which the ship said it was "impossible to broadcast" instructions.
VTS told the Sewol that patrol boats would arrive in 10 minutes, but didn't mention that another civilian ship said 10 minutes earlier that it would rescue anyone who went overboard.