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 1:15

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(...)