South Koreans attend a rally for victims of the Sewol ferry disaster. The ferry Sewol sank on April 16, killing 304 people, as many as 250 of them school children on a field trip. Twelve of their teachers were also killed.  Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Six teenagers who survived South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 44 years told this morning how classmates helped them float free as water flooded (...)

 A South Korean woman casts her vote at a polling station in Seoul today. A total of 3,952 officials, including 17 metropolitan mayors and provincial governors will be chosen in the first nationwide elections in two years. Photograph: Jeo Heon-Kyun/EPA.

South Koreans voted today in regional and mayoral elections seen as a referendum on embattled president Park Geun-hye and her government’s handling of(...)

9: South Koreans pay a tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken ferry Sewol at the Hwarang Recreation Park today  in Ansan, South Korea. Photograph:  Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

South Korean president Park Geun-hye apologised today to families of the 302 victims who died when a ferry capsized and pledged to revamp safe(...)

A handout image released by the South Korean Coast Guard today  – taken from cellphone video footage by a Coast Guard officer on April 16th – shows Lee Joon-seok (right), the captain of the Sewol, fleeing from the sinking ferry near Jindo island, South Korea. Photograph: EPA/South Korea Coast Guard

Prosecutors investigating South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in four decades said the captain of the ‘Sewol’ ferry and two crew members are (...)

Friends, relatives and neighbors gather for a candlelight vigil at Danwon High School. The woman’s sign reads ‘Sons and daughters! Please come back. Be strong and we are sorry.’ Photograph: Shannon Jensen/Getty Images

A 26-year-old third mate was steering a South Korean ferry through a notoriously treacherous waterway for the first time when it tilted and san(...)

Lee Joon-seok, captain of the South Korean ferry Sewol which capsized on Wednesday, arrives at a court in Mokpo, South Korea last night. Photograph:  Yonhap/Reuters

The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank two days ago, killing 28 people and leaving more than 270 missing, has been arrested, according to(...)

A rescue operation is under way after the ferry Sewol sank in waters off Jindo Island in Souuth Korea. Photograph: Yonhap/EPA

Nearly 300 people were feared dead last night after a ferry carrying hundreds of secondary school students sank off South Korea’s southern coast as(...)