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The following blog post might be a little scatterbrained due to the difficulty of handling this topic. For those of you that don’t know, on April 16th, 2014 while heading to Jeju from Incheon, the Sewol Ferry capsized and sunk while carrying 476 people, mostly secondary school students from Danwon High School located in Ansan City. Around 150 people managed to escape the ferry, but the rest remained trapped in the ship. Divers are still entering the boat but at this point it is no longer seen as a rescue mission, but instead a mission to retrieve the bodies and bring them back to their grieving families.

We, like most people, feel very helpless about the ferry disaster since all we can do is sit and watch the tragic events unfold. We’ve felt hope that people could be rescued at first, and then we lost that hope with every passing day. The families, schools, and friends of all those on the ferry will never be the same again, and this giant loss of life will continue to negatively affect all those touched by this event even after the bodies are found and laid to rest.

We also know this horrible loss has affected many people around the world, not just those living in Korea. Martina and her mom have been exchanging emails and text messages everyday, and even though Martina’s mom isn’t in Korea she, along with Martina, have shed many tears over this tragic loss of life. We mentioned briefly in the video that we have two close friends that lived in Ansan and taught students at those schools, and they are total emotional wrecks. They’ve already attended over three funerals in one day and as we talk to them on the phone it’s clear how helpless they feel as well.

Even though we’re geographically closer than most people are to the scene of the incident, we are in many ways still in the dark. I’ve even heard it said from some people that international coverage of the event is more accurate and have been given examples of such. We’ve been reading a lot of the news about what’s happening. Different news portals, even different forums, all are posting about what’s happening. And every day, some nugget of info we got from the day before dissipates, and new morsels of info are given to us, but we’re a lot more skeptical to bite.

For us, we can read about it and think about it all we want, but we can’t really talk about it publicly. Why? Because we don’t want to be spreading false information. We’re not a news channel. They can easily get their stories wrong and then just go back on air and apologize, rinse and repeat, but us posting videos on YouTube isn’t the same. Once our video’s out there, there’s no Ctrl+Z button. It’s really difficult to undo. And we’re aware that our audience is a bit bigger than that of an online forum, so we’d rather be really careful about something as sensitive as this. Does that make sense? I’m not sure. I just really don’t want to do what the media’s doing, but I want to be able to talk about what’s happening as well, and to explain how serious it is here in South Korea now as a result.

If any of you do know a good charity or something we can donate to, please let us know. We’ve been looking on our end, but it’s really difficult to vet an organization for this. There are bad people out there, some of whom are taking advantage of this situation. I’m not saying not to trust anyone. I’m just asking to be a bit more cautious. We’ll keep you updated if we find any way that anyone can help.

Tomorrow we’re posting a happier video. It’s not of us being silly and goofing around and being insensitive at this time. It’s actually a very big announcement we’re going to make. Perhaps the biggest of our YouTube lives. I know at this time it’s tough to be happy, but hopefully tomorrow we can make some people smile, which is – really – all we hope to do with these videos. If we pass on bits of information along the way as well, fantastic. Most of the time, though, we just want to have fun and make you guise laugh with us as well.

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  1. Thank you, Simon, for posting this very important TLDR. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends. This past weekend the International Home Church in Seoul had a fundraiser to benefit this scholarship that foreigners in Korea are making for the students of Danwon High School. http://www.crowdrise.com/foreignersinsympathywithsewoldisasterscholarship/fundraiser/skinsk It’s a small gesture, but if it can help give hope to one needy student from this school then it’ll be worth it.

  2. You could visit or just talk with your friend teachers. It seems like teachers were currently covering classes normally to drag other students from their suffer to normal life. It might be very stressful and painful. Thanks Simon, your video was one of the few proper videos for me related to the ferry accident.

  3. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy and to all of South Korea as they grief the loss of so many.

  4. I understand from today’s news, the Prime Minister has resigned, taking ownership in not preventing this tragedy and the way it was initially handled. I’m curious how this action is being received. My deepest condolences to all the people of South Korea, especially the families and friends of those that lives were needlessly and preventably cut short. I only hope that like many national tragedies, it brings positive change and unification.

  5. In Ukraine news,like in Russia news the same situation as in Korea… So I understand what you mean…This is a tragedy for South Korea…and for all…because many people died…pray for South Korea..

  6. It might be cruel to say, but tragedies like these usually don’t move me. Maybe it’s because they’re so distant, but sometimes they feel more like a horrible plot to a book I’m reading rather than an actual event that happened in this world.
    But this incident actually affected me: Watching your channel makes Korea very real for me, and realizing that so many lives were just lost, just like that, made me sick to the stomach… Thank you so much for making this video. I was hoping you guys would do some coverage on this event, and I hope that we’ll be able to find the facts soon.

  7. I would like the entire process redone to include the tilting of the ship but not on water. Timing and everything. Obviously not several hundred people on board. Would asking the passengers to move be more dangerous at the angle the ship was at causing panic? Would it have realistically evacuated the ship? This is starting to remind me of the K drama the King and I where everyone, their boss, they coworkers, and their family are blamed for something that wasn’t everyone’s fault. Maybe just a few people or completely made up to blame the cause of something awful on. I appreciate their need to keep people in country for investigation and even protection from suicide attempts. And freeze funds. But they are even going after the guys grandkids who are abroad. What on a earth would the grandkid in another country know about a specific ferry? I don’t know why there is this notion that the rescuers, off the ship, botched anything? Just cause not everyone survived means they did anything wrong. In fact one diver died and where is the support for his family? Maybe there were no dry air pockets? I don’t think the crew was responsible for the sinking. Perhaps the evacuation. Time and clear thinking will see if they were trying to minimize injuries or just not brave enough. If my steering wheel has a defect and they altered my car and they messed up my airbags only allowing for the drivers side to deploy and I go off the road and the car rolls it is not my fault the manufacturer didn’t have that passenger airbag to protect my passenger or that I went off the road cause the steering messed up or that the car rolled because of the changes to the car that made it too high and not able to handle a typical turn. It is also not my fault for surviving. What if I told the person not to move I’d get help and then the car burst into flames. I was trying to prevent a neck injury by not moving them. They might have survived without breaking their neck or further injury if I had tried to peel them from the car, but my intentions were not malicious and it was a reasonable thing to wait for help. Will being out for blood from everyone make anyone feel better?

    I did wonder if it was the do as your told culture that made so many remain in their cabin, presumably. But in the US during an emergency you are supposed to follow instructions. In fact not following directions on a plane could result in a not so pleasant conversation with agents and arrest. So I think in North America many would have followed instructions too long and perish. I wonder if that made teachers less likely to counter the orders since they were not their kids. If something had happened to those children and they were shown not to follow orders then there would be anger and punishment.

  8. andrea chan

    When you mentioned that this accident does not speak about the whole of the country, I completely agree. I came across this article that I found to be worth the read, and urge those who are interested in the Korean culture to do so: http://sweetpicklesandcorn.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/the-wests-confucian-confusion-how-more-confucianism-might-have-saved-the-sewol/

    Having been brought up by Chinese parents, lived with traditional grandparents, and taught in Korea for a year, I know falial piety and how it works within many situations, and I think the adults really have let the children down with all that they’ve done (or haven’t). Deepest condolences aside, I wish that investigation will continue to find out the reason for the ship to capsize, because it feels that there’s more of a back story than a third mate making the wrong turn. There needs to be better media coverage about this. But I have a hunch that the poor media coverage may or may not have to do with what some people want to hide with this accident (use of a ship unfit for sail, off-the-record renovations that may have caused the ship to be unbalanced, incompetence of ship examinations, etc…)(though none of that may be true, sources from BBC News).

    Regardless, my heart mourns with those who mourn over the loss of their brother, sister, daughter, son, father, mother, teacher, guardian, respected elder, and so on. And I hope that the truth in its entirety comes to light soon. Take care Simon and Martina, Soozee and Leigh, Spudgy and Meemers).

  9. Here are some of the stories from the Minneapolis, MN Star Tribune.
    They did a good job finding Associated Press Articles, and even
    representing the families well. The new news is that the ferry was way
    over cargo capacity (estimated 3,608 tons of cargo instead of 987 tons
    after it was modified in 2012-13, even higher than the original limit of
    2,437 tons before modification!). http://www.startribune.com/world/256477901.html?page=1&c=y
    The other new news is that President Obama is in Korea and will give a magnolia from the White House to Danwon High School.
    http://www.startribune.com/world/256649171.html?page=2&c=y
    The
    news here was repetitive (instead of fake), only updating the totals and is coverage is
    slowing. the Korea Disaster Relief Association & the high school
    seem to be the orgs collecting donations. #prayersforkorea
    Also, this disaster was compared to the Italian cruise ship disaster, which was similar (captain abandoning ship) – no judgements on either Korean or Italian culture. Only praise the Korea actually has the (land) laws to immediately arrest the crew that abandoned the passengers. If only the coast guard person talking them through it had realized they were stupid enough to send the passengers to the middle & bottom of the ship.

  10. This really is so sad… The thing that I find difficult is that because of this, fieldtrips and school events have been cancelled for all other schools and students.
    As a teacher I asked my students if they are doing something IN PLACE of those or just having regular classes… And most are just having regular classes (therefore equating national loss with personal loss). I feel like there should be presentations on how to handle grief, time and moments to mourn the loss of all those lives, and maybe even gathering together as a class to make things for those who have lost so much.
    One class could easily make something… a blanket.. for the families. I don’t know what a blanket could accomplish, but it’s just a thought. You know what I mean?
    It’s really… so sad. :(

  11. I’ve heard through the news that Hanyang University started a donation drive to help out the families of the victims of the Sewol Ferry.

  12. I hope I will not sound mean, since it seems to be a very delicate topic, but I really wanted to say this for a long time. I wanted to COMMENT on all the commotion going around about music, Tv shows and comebacks being postponed.
    I share and understand the decision of many stations on not airing many of their shows, and I respect how the music companies are showing their condolences by avoiding promotions, at least in a way through these actions and the prayers sent from all over the world (including me), these families will get the closure the government has not been able to provide (even though it has been more than a week already!).
    What pisses me off, is that due to the negligence, not only of whoever caused this accident, and the tragedy that followed, and even the press and government, the entertainment industry does not even know when they will be able to resume activities, which I believe could affect some other events happening later this year.
    If whoever is, and has been, in charge of working on the rescue operations where more efficient, not only more lives could have been saved, but this devastating event would not have been prolonged the way it has!
    I really hope that all this nightmare for the families will end soon, and that whoever is causing a delayed on these operations, will act more respectfully not only to these families but the people of Korea, who are willingly waiting for better and more hopeful news.

  13. This is such a horrible tragedy, but what topped it off was the horrible captain. Giving those students false directions and then saving himself. I am in no way familiar with certain laws, especially Korean laws, but I hope that he gets reprimanded for what he did. Like charging him with involuntary manslaughter or something and be thrown in jail.

  14. The first time I knew about what happened was actually the day of the accident but it was a few hours later after it happened unfortunately I couldn’t actually know what was going on because I was in school and when I was about to read the article I had to leave. Three days after that I watched KBS news and actuallt found out what happened I was shocked and couldn’t believe it. It makes me, mad as well as others that the news over here in the US dosent seem to care about this xtremely heartbreaking event >.< I cant believe also that the chances of knowing that at least one or two survivors (although I wish it was more) are all well in a better place :( Ive cried over this event like a lot of other people even though Im not Korean either but knowing that those guys were mostly students breaks my heart. I keep praying for the families of the victims as well as the whole S.K, nation to go back to happier times and for the fallen to be in a better place. South K. FIGHTING!!!

  15. Hi everybody. I have started a project (deardanwon.tumblr.com) with the help my friend. I am collecting letters, either short or long, to send to the students, family members, faculty, and anybody affected by the Sewol Ferry accident. The students at the high school who didn’t go on the trip are coming back to an empty school with a quarter of their class missing. Families have lost their sons or daughters. All they need is love and support for this tragic accident so just a simple note will be good.
    I will be sending these letters to Danwon High School in Korea and hopefully these messages will make a difference in someone’s life.
    If you are interested in sending a letter and joining this project, please check out our tumblr post on how to get involved!
    http://deardanwon.tumblr.com/post/83704944041/dear-danwon-a-letter-project.
    It would be great if you could also reblog and share the project! I want many people to be involved to show how the world can come together!

    Messages do not have to be translated into Korean. And it would be best if you mail the letter to me. I’m trying to collect as many letters and notes as possible to send over to Korea.
    I would like to have a good chunk of the letters sent in by the end of next week (due to overseas shipping and what not)
    Thank you!

  16. Seriously, that reminds me so much of my lecturer. I’m a trainee in media design image and sound and lots of times I argue with my lecturer when it’s about nif’s (news in film) and stuff like that. Her opinion is “sometimes you need to lie for a good story”. She would definitely be one of the people who would make up a story just to have something to say about this incident. I could tell you sooooo many examples about false information in German television. Like there was this one time, where they said gamer are ugly, lazy people who live in their own world. It was also the same with the news about the Sewol. Everything they brought up in the news were the same wrong information that also korea and the rest of the world got and each day they would bring new wrong informations and say that the old one where false. I also don’t undertand why they (german news programms) have people in Tokyo talking about the incident and not in Korea.

  17. I’m a world away and a complete stranger, but my heart aches for Korea. The people involved in this horrific tragedy are in my prayers…

  18. Have we heard of any place to donate to yet? Any organizations that are helping the families? Possibly helping to pay for their hotel costs while they wait? Anything like this?

  19. You should be able to find it on Facebook, in any of the expat groups, there was a woman called Sarah, from Jindo, taking donations for the families and loved ones camping out there.

  20. Cyber_3

    I would have commented earlier, but I am having compy issues. Simon, this was a great video, I was hoping/waiting for it and it was heartwarming that you had the courage to do it. I can tell from how choppy the editing is that it was really difficult to deliver, you did well, my friend. I’m on the other side of the world and this tragedy is completely heart-rending, I have shed many tears and I don’t know a mother in town that hasn’t. To lose your child like this, to know not only that your child died, but that they were scared and maybe even alone and helpless is a parent’s worst nightmare. That it was obviously preventable just makes me foam at the mouth in anger and disgust. Keep strong and give lots of hugs. I hope that you feel better soon Martina.

  21. I’m also very sad and frustrated over this incident, in a sense of what’s actually happening and how we can actually help.

    This incident reminds me of the tourist hostage that happened in Manila around 2010. Even though it didn’t involve as much people as the Sewol incident, the crappy coverage the news companies made on this seemed very similar with all the sensationalism going on like sending false text messages and stuff.

    They should follow after you guys! You do your fact-checking before filming videos so we can see as accurate an image of Korean life as possible.

    Furthermore, people around the world want to help in one way or another. Remember the recent Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts? There were SO MANY organizations, individuals and countries working together to help! No human’s life is worth less than another’s, so why can’t everyone similarly help each other on this? It could’ve saved a lot more lives.

    Thanks for the update, guys! I’m looking forward to that awesome announcement tomorrow! :D

  22. TehMeh

    This whole thing reminds me of an old case study I had in my international management class, where Korean airlines had a huge problem with their airplanes having more accidents then all other airlines. So they checked the black box and it was found that because Korean culture strongly believes in respecting older people, the young co-pilot was busy trying to be polite to the pilot rather than telling the pilot his altitude was too low, which resulted in the crash. This was later fixed in the pilot training programs for Korean pilots.

    This whole ferry thing makes me wonder if there was a first mate who could have done something, but was busy being polite. Also the students were probably just doing as they were told, and they may have ended up dead because of it. All in all its just so sad, I wish one of the students or teachers went against trusting the ferryman and actually said something or did something. Maybe they did and we don’t know it yet.

    I feel like listening to minority report (the pillows) now….

  23. It is very sad and I feel for all of those that are affected even in the 3rd party context as I too am going through my own problems. I also feel and understand about the mass media. They lie alot in order for things to run a certain way which is horrible. For example, here in the UK there’s been alot of racism going on and the local and mass media have homed in on it and made it worse so that certain parties in government will become more popular. Also tragedies here can be covered over and truths hidden or altered…. This I know can and has happened to all mass media around the world so I tend not to watch so much and figure out the truth by myself.

    As for CNN and FOX debate i’m gonna have to say both twist truths and I don’t trust either. Especially this morning here in the UK about russian “bomber plane” near our boarders being “chased” away by our planes… Truth is a Russian observer plane was nearby but respected our boarders and was escorted side by side with our planes… Can you see how much difference there is to the meanings and how much negativity it causes when mass media get hold of information?

    So yea… There’s me going on. :P

    So yea. In essence I feel for all those in the disaster and advise not to believe in everything that is being said in mass media. :)

  24. What is the proper statement online to express our sympathies and let them know we are praying for them? I’ve read conflicting post, some say “it’s disrespectful…” but didn’t say why. I expressed my sympathies indirectly to someone out there he glossed over it and acted unrelated and carried on as if nothing happened. School shootings here in the U.S. devastate us all to tears, candlelight memorials, and even protest to ban guns if we need to. These people lost OVER 300 PRECIOUS CHILDREN (and you can’t tell me there were no adults lost because we know how teachers are!) and we can’t express we’re praying? Right now this is all we can do. Please let them know we care and teach us how to respect them from abroad.

  25. DaYoung Yun

    Thank you for the 2vs.1 — I know it is not related but this has helped out my family for the Sewol Ferry Accident. I’m at the receiving end and my parents barely found out about it three days ago when I told them about it after finding out through several kpop blog sites.
    None of my relatives in S.Korea did not call to us in the U.S. either but I hope that is a good sign that none of my cousins were in the accident. So far everything is in the clear.
    2 vs. 1 is helping a lot for my parents who are still in shock that this has happened. We are still scrambling for information because we have yet to hear from our close friends and how they are doing.
    So in conclusion,

    —–Even though there are spiteful people on the Internet,

    ————1. we are grateful for those who are helping at the site right now

    ————2. and that there are human beings not just staring at a glowing screen and looking for scandals about the event but going out there and taking action in this time

    Thank y’all seriously for posting this video up.

  26. big announcement? maybe martina is not sick from food poisoning, but is preggo! LOL im sorry, i just really wanted to lighten the mod :/

  27. It is sad to know that these kids obey the commands given to stay put and don’t move … even though the ship was already sinking maybe it has to do with their culture but it is just heartbreaking. my sincere condolences to the victim’s families

  28. That video and that blogpost were amazing, Simon. You said and handled it beautifully.

  29. Here, the TV news that I usually see, talks about the desinformation in the firts moments and then, when deadbodies start to be rescued, about the victim’s families are claiming for the action of police and rescue teams. They explains that the rescue is so slow, even with the bad sea conditions, and when they visit the area only saw people moving arround without doing nothing. In the other hand, they interviewed one rescue team member and explains that they need cranes because the boat is so deep. But the general message in news was impotence, two-hundred people in the boat and anybody could do nothing.

  30. I remember taking a plane ride from Busan to Jeju-do. Easily as this boat sank, a plane can crash. It’s not the easiest thing to talk about when you have someone you know who could have been involved and you wondered if they were there and if they were rescued. Worse case scenario, it was your own child.

    I don’t think we’ll get very good closure with this, similar to the missing plane from back in March, because the media will not cover the appropriate views. As well they may not have the correct information thus making it more agonizing with processing the information. There was an article I saw on Facebook about the financial status of the students’ family playing a role in how quick help would be there. What a horrible thought! But here it is: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/634016.html

    It is an emotionally sad time for Korea so prayers to all the families.

  31. It’s frustrating that news stations not only in Korea, but here in the US aren’t providing accurate reports on this tragic event. I usually watch Nightline or World News but is there info even accurate?? where are they getting it from? if it’s from Korean news outlets, are they accurate as well? like, who are we supposed to trust if news stations aren’t providing us accurate details.

  32. For starters, Martina, I hope you get well soon :(
    Now, I just want to thank you for posting this video, because I know it must have been hard.
    As you said before, when a tragic event like this takes place, you don’t want to be the one spreading false information.
    By posting this video on Youtube, I think you have been able to let people (all around the world) know more about this event and the current situation, and for that I want to thank you. Though I’m not Korean, as a Korean person living in Australia, it’s good to hear from you (a person who is in Korea) about what’s happening- because I can trust it much, much more than what some news articles are saying.
    Ooh, and lastly, thank you for being people who can make us laugh but also people who know when it isn’t the time to laugh and be funny. I know it’s people’s jobs to be entertaining and they may feel pressured to always show positive and entertaining things, but anyway…thank you :)

  33. Super well-handled both in the video and blogpost!! ^^ m/

    I really hope everyone finds closure from this soon… :(

    Kudos to EYK, can’t wait for more positive material coming up, get well soon Martina <3

  34. Think you did a wonderful job of informing the seriousness of this topic without stating stuff without hard facts. I truly hope everyone who is related to this tragic event finds peace of mind soon.

  35. That was actually really well handled Simon. Thank you for the update and for staying diplomatic and level headed about the whole thing.

    Also get well soon Martina. Lots of love <3

  36. guys.
    guys.
    youtube lives is different to personal lives.
    after stalking the comments section here, martina aint pregnant.
    simon has spoken.
    wait is spudgy getting his own youtube channel-
    /bricked

  37. Although this is a sad event, we have to try to be positive, not happy, but think that those people have people who loved them, they may be gone now, but people die everyday. It’s not exactly positive, but they are in a better place, God bless, and those who can please pray.

  38. Thank you for the video & humanising the news reports.
    I was very affected by this video, my city experienced a tragedy a few years ago, hearing Simon talk I suddenly remembered how it awful it felt.
    My thoughts are with South Korea during this difficult time

  39. Susie

    My parents have been talking about this non-stop, especially because my cousin’s a tutor that teaches many students in the Ansan district. I don’t think any of her students were victims of the tragedy, but it’s still deeply affected her because she really loves her students and just the thought of something happening to them without her being able to help them really breaks her heart.

    I turned the news on this morning and there was a photo of the countless memorials outside of the highschool but what really got me most was the empty classrooms and desks. Just… so many. Like, ROOMS of empty classrooms and desks. I can’t imagine being a staff-member or student of that school where over a hundred students just disappeared one day (apparently the vice-principal supposedly in charge of the trip killed him/herself). Things like this just shouldn’t be happening to anyone.

    Can’t even think about the captain without feeling sick to my stomach.

  40. Angella Cho

    My parents told me that the ship Sewol was a ship they got from Japan but like 20 years ago that same ship model sunk. I don’t understand why Korea would buy from Japan, see that new, then actually decide its a good idea to use it!
    I’m so frustrated not cuz the news is doing a bad job but because of the poor choices they decided to make before this event.
    Not only is the ship a faulty ship but they also overloaded the ship cargo and decided to take a “shortcut” in the route that the makes the driver of the ship take sharp turns which delodged the ship cargo.
    I don’t know if this is completely true but this is from my parents who have been talking to relatives who had children who knew the students from the school class that went on the trip.

    This is not a judgement of Korea but somethings, these situations are just so frustrating that it makes me think that its just unfair that so many people had to pay for the mistakes of the upper people cuz they “know what theyre doing”… >:(

  41. Renee

    I feel so helpless.

  42. I have one question though, if you were to donate money, what would you be donating towards? More divers? Would you help send in counsellors to help kids and adults alike deal with the mourning? That is something I would like to know, I know that many people also would probably like to know also, that what their donating is helping others who need it. So yeah, if anyone knows charities that would help with this, I would like to be in the know too.

  43. This whole thing is just so upsetting; when I found out what had happened, I was shattered. These were just kids who deserved so much more out of life, it all seems so unfair. I also wish there was something we could do to reach out and help those affected by this tragedy. If you happen to find out any organizations we can go through to offer assistance, you’ll let all us Nasties know, right?

  44. I am young myself, turning 21 old and It really breaks my heart that they were high schoolers who had their lives ahead of them TT I mean it makes me cry that they didn’t get to experience the joy of graduating High School, college life, marriage (not that I’m married), having a family (not that I have kids kids of my own). This really makes me appreciate that I’m alive. And it is frustrating how this whole tragedy could have been prevented. It’s very unfortunate they had that kind of a Captain who instead of escaping first, should normally have been one of the last trying to help those kids. He was responsible for the lives of ALL the passengers and bringing them safely to Jeju Island. Can’t imagine how the families of the victims must be feeling. I also couldn’t stand it when some fans were insensitive and kept complaining about shows and comebacks being pushed back.

  45. Simon, Martnia and the EKY crew: I’m so sorry for this tragic loss, I’m new to your channel and blog, I’m so new I still have the new “Nasty” smell (**nudge nudge** bad pun trying to lighten things up) I feel like you guys are my long lost goofy friends causing shenanigans in South Korea. I know this is a tough time for everyone affected by this unfortunate event just know that those who lost their lives are not suffering or afraid anymore they are now safe and loved in ***In-cert after life belief here*** and are watching over there for their loved ones in spirit keeping them safe or in comfort in their time of need and supporting them.

    I hope you feel better soon Martnia! Snuggle up with The Spudgy and Meems you guys they want to help you guys feel better too. lots and lots of hugs from Nasty California <3 <3 <3

  46. My heart feels heavy for not only the friends and family of those lost, but for the onslaught of second wave tragedies soon to come. I hope that there will be ample amounts of therapists available for the country, and not just in the schools. Everyone will need help. Last year my home and my neighborhood was destroyed by a hurricane. Even though I was not at home, I watched the hurricane rip up my life on the news. I developed PTSD. I was prone to panic attacks, and if I couldn’t find something in my home that I knew was previously there pre-hurricane I would melt down. After some friends became concerned about my panic attacks, I sought help from a therapist. My wounds will always be there, just as their wounds will always be there. I hope that everyone who needs it seeks help, It may just save a few more lives.

  47. Me and a friend from Seoul have been chatting about this. Basically, all you’re saying is likely to be the issue. The Korean media is taking the situation bluntly. Instead of acquiring real updates about the ferry, they’re talking about money, and how it would be paid off. I do understand that the Korean population has been mourning and worrying about the tragedy, but I wish that the media showed at least some sentimental respect.

  48. So I do not know how accurate or how trustworthy this source is(allkpop), nor do I know how trustworthy the organization is but apparently Park Shin Hye donated money to the Hope Bridge Nationwide Disaster Relief Association. Might be worth checking out? I am glad you guys decided to make a small video informing us whats going on. You guys are the best! Hope Korea can overcome this horrible tragedy.

  49. I really really hate that captain. HE WAS THE FIRST TO ESCAPE AND HE WAS DRYING HIS MONEY AT THE HOSPITAL WHEN HE WAS FOUND. How creepy is that?

  50. I find the difficulty on what to do charitywise common. Remember how the Red Cross collected way too much blood to store and ended up tossing some of it? Remember the controversy about whether all money collected should go to families or for future tragedies? Now you petty much know once they raise the amount for a given operation funds will go to the next needed project. People want to do something. It’s healthy for their healing to do something productive. But so many volunteers felt useless, and way more packages arrived from people than a few hundred families could possibly use. I think lessons will be learned and going forward a process will be in place.

    Was that 6 year old boy found whose sister was rescued in the beginning. I feel only the students are talked about.

    I wish parents had been nicer to the vice principal.

    Our Lady of the Angels fire in the 1950′s in Chicago cause fire codes to be written and followed through on after 95 people died in an elementary school, mostly children. Perhaps this will be a similar call to action?

    • irritablevowel

      I’ve thought a lot about Our Lady of the Angels since this happened. Mostly I’ve been thinking about how it affected fire codes nationwide (it’s why all schools have regular fire drills and a fire alarm system connected directly to the fire department) but also how it affected the city even decades later. It was 55 years ago and to this day people take reverential tones when talking about it. Especially people who were old enough to remember it when it happened. On Grandparents Day my student’s grandmother visited the classroom and immediately started asking me about our fire procedure. Then she said, “I went to Our Lady of the Angels you see.” And that was all she needed to say. I feel like the same thing is going to be the case for the survivors of this tragedy.

  51. For donation, there’s always the Korean Red Cross (http://www.redcross.or.kr)… They’ve been quite visible at the incident location, coordinating volunteers and supplies to families staying in the gym…

  52. Everyday here in Brazil we are updated with the main informations about the missions. There is not such a big fuzz about it, the media only talks about the most important topics in a superficial way because many people relate this tragedy with the one case at Boate Kiss in Santa Maria last year. It is just to recent. So many young lifes could have been saved in such simple ways. I agree with what was said in the text. People’s lifes in that community will never be the same, not even for Korea.

    Unfortunately, there will be always a sensationalism media going into for some breaking stories. So, if there is some way to make the pain of this people a little bit less bitter, with laughter or music, you guys should keep on.

  53. Reminds me of 9/11. It’s always so strange that people are told to stay put when they should be evacuated. Everyone was trapped in the building for two hours before it collapsed. So many people could have been evacuated but then became trapped as they burned to death or jumped. It’s incredible that such a tall, modern, steel structure turned into dust so quickly. Not to mention that boat completely capsized quickly too.

    The ferry is always the cheapest, and this one was the cheapest available. so this, unfortunately, is not unique. I’ve read it happened on a smaller scale 5 or 10 years earlier(?)

    I really don’t understand how a charity will really benefit the victims, I think they would rather have stricter laws and more oversight when it comes to this, not just the money to pay for funerals, I would be angry if I had lost some one to this, and all I was given was money, as if the people who died had a cash value and somehow this would pay me off, it’s disgusting. I would think their only hope is that this doesn’t happen again, to someone else’s child/student/friend. Kind of like the Sandy Hook Promise, which is sadly losing ground to gun rights advocates. The world is pretty horrible right now.

    • They were evacuating only for some floors it was impossible. They couldn’t get past the floor where the plane was burning to exit out the ground level. There were cases of people saying they were alive after the building collapse that proved to be false.

      Yes the school shooting in the US had them ID the brother instead of the real gunman, said the mom worked in the school, suggested the office buzzed him in. All wrong. And devastatingly wrong.

      I can’t think of a single boat capsizing where divers have been able to immediately enter and pull out survivors. At a later point a few people found alive in a unique area with an air pocket. What good is the cause of death? They could have passed because of the cold water and been in an air pocket for only 2 hours. Two hours isn’t enough time to secure the site and get crews in there to find people. What is interesting is the news still sounding so optimistic about survivors past day 3. I’m not so sure the people mad at the response have realistic idea of what can and can’t be done.

      I don’t know how you evacuate a ship where the floor is inclined 45 degrees? Vests on was wise advice. Remaining in the cabin was awful. Given what we think we know about the cargo, water design after the ship was altered and the steering report of problems a few weeks before the disaster I am feeling a lot more sympathy toward the crew and a lot of anger at the owners.

      • They need new laws for changes in the standards for ferry construction and maintenance. I was amazed at how quickly it sank. Technically it sank faster than the Titanic, it’s absolutely incredible. It’s pretty universal that ferries are the cheapest and most dangerous way to get to somewhere, even in Europe, I don’t particularly like cruises either. Again, I hope something will actually be done about this(and as for 9/11 I don’t think the Freedom Tower should be taller than the old buildings, because it will be that much weaker…).

        I’m not blaming the crew. I think the crew did the best they could, most of them perished getting others out. I agree, it was almost impossible to evacuate everyone. But they could have had more life jackets, safety measures, anything. I don’t blame the (probably underpaid and overworked) employees for what happened, but for what little the government or other regulators cared about this. How can people let this happen in a modern, developed country? How little do you think they care the “third class” who take these ferries?? As far as change goes, I hope more people get mad at the poor oversight than they do at the captain or the crew, then we can really hold people accountable.

        • The dead had on vests. They had almost twice the amount of vests on board.

          What I find odd is ferries have sleeping cabins? My familiarity is they are used for short distances, not trips where anyone would need to sleep, except for the crew.

          Cargo and people don’t belong together. What is really sad is how inexpensive it is to fly and how it is not a long flight. But the school and families probably felt flying more dangerous.

  54. What announcement? Hope it is what i think it is. Food poisoning? Maybe not. *grins*

  55. CNN has had their share of false news reporting. One main instance I remember, was early on during the Newtown shooting there was a bunch of misinformation they reported as fact, without checking, so that they could be the first to release the information. At one point CNN claimed that Adam Lanza’s older brother was the shooter (which they corrected, but not after scaring his brother’s co-workers). Then you have the Malaysian airplane and now this. You’d think news agencies would learn and smarten up! But as you said, they only do it for ratings. Ultimately, they’re a business after all. Who can you trust if the only source we, as outsiders, have to know what’s really happening in the world around us are crooked and corrupt?

  56. The only charity I’ve heard mentioned in connection to this tragedy is the Red Cross. When idols give gifts, they always give to the Red Cross.

  57. This video gave me goosebumps. As a Malaysian i (we) share the grief you are going through. The frustration of false reports, speculations, conspiracy theories. Flight MH370 is far from a rescue but a recovery to know what happened.

    May we see light again someday.
    #PrayforSouthKorea
    #PrayforMH370

  58. I watch the regular news here in America, but I don’t trust any of it. With the Malaysian Airlines flight they were practically screaming “Terrorism!”, which was actually one of the least likely possibilities. I watch the Phillip Defranco Show because I find his information credible. I’ll put the link down below if it would help. He starts talking about the tragedy at 6:10. Apparently what happened was the captain was going far too fast and turned too harshly, causing the ship to tilt and sink. What really makes me want to punch a wall though are the actions of the captain and the crew of that ship. All I can think of is how many people, whether it be 2 or 200, could have been saved in those 30+ minutes when they told them to stay where they were. Apparently if convicted, he only faces 5 years in jail.

    My hearts go out to the families, the friends, the teachers, to anyone suffering because of this tragedy. As a New Yorker, though I was not present when 9/11 happened, so many people around me were affected by this tragedy and I can only imagine what it’s like in Korea right now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saZHk8GBbEI&list=PLHcsGizlfLMWpSg7i0b9wnUyEZWI-25N3

  59. This incident is really soul crushing and the fact that facts are not being reported truthfully is making it all the worse. I can’t even imagine how hard this is on the parents and teachers….Thank you for covering the topic even though it was hard to do and I hope the bodies are all found. It always breaks my heart when parents have to burry or cremate an empty casket….they should at least have that last good bye…..

  60. What a truly horrific thing to happen. I had heard about it but not followed it in detail until now. I just can’t believe – WHY wouldn’t you tell them to evacutate? Its just senseless. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in South Korea, especially those directly affected. I hope that healing can occur for those left behind and the victims get justice. Please keep us posted if you find a reputable charity to donate to.

    Feel better soon Martina. I hope you’re curled up on the couch binge watching your favourite shows, its the only silver lining to feeling like death.

  61. Thank you for this post. I was hoping to see something about this and I’m happy to know that I’m not the only person who feels deeply for South Korea’s loss. I’m also disgusted by the lack of coverage. Here I am, just lazily browsing the web to find that over 100 people are missing or dead?! I hope that soon families are able to bring their loved ones home and that slowly the country heals from this horrible tragedy. Not just us nasties, but the entire world is with Korea.

    You did an amazing job Simon, and Martina, feel better. We miss you smiling face!

  62. Thanks for this. Your response was heartfelt and showed some grasp, sympathy and class. i was hoping you’d pull this off and you have. Again,as others have requested, eyes open for opportunities to connect with the Ansan community and help.
    I’m a HS teacher in Ottawa, Canada, and my wife and I spent several years teaching in Korea previously and this is heartbreaking. We’re familiar with the Korean Red Cross, and it is a legitimate institution that might be the place to offer charitable support for the afflicted. BTW…we always follow BBC and CBC for what’re really going on….wherever I am.

  63. I work at a newsstand, so I read a lot of upsetting and disappointing news on the front pages of papers almost every day. But none of them have ever upset me this much. I keep checking online articles every day to see any new developments. And even though it’s so incredibly unlikely, I am still hoping for that shred of a miracle – that maybe some of them were able to survive somehow. Although I know how nearly impossible that is, I still can’t help but try to hope. I am under the delusion that if there’s even just a shred of hope left, maybe there can still be a miracle…

  64. What I don’t understand is how people can judge others for not grieving “properly”. There are different ways people grieve and not all of them consist of having a long face. Often people will smile more and laugh louder while grieving inside. And comedy can often help them deal with the negative emotions they are feeling.

  65. your post made me tear up. Thank you so much for the update, i am glad there are some people even thought your not new’s people are giving us proper facts about whats going on even thought you don’t know all the facts yourselfs. My heart goes out to all the families and people who knew these students. I wish i could do something, but all i can do is pray for these families.

  66. irritablevowel

    This has been heavily covered in US news. I know some may not agree, but absolutely everyone I know knows all about it, which is telling. My mother’s response has been to yell (with intensity) I.DON’T.WANT.TO.TALK.ABOUT.IT. whenever anyone has mentioned it. Same thing from several people I work with. They’re not saying they don’t want to talk about it because they’re uninterested, they’re saying they don’t want to talk about it because it’s so devastating that they can’t even cope with the horror of it. And this is the reaction from people thousands of miles away with no relation to the country or the victims. Knowing that, I can’t even imagine how awful it must be in South Korea right now.

    • I know what you mean. I live stateside and have been trying to keep up with the news; it’s just really hurtful to talk about this when you feel that those children could have been saved. My thoughts go out to their loved ones. Thanks for this Simon, hope Martina feels better soon.

  67. Laura Donnelly

    I was out of the country when this happened and when I finally was able to catch up with the news, I was very heartbroken. It actually kind of reminds me a little bit of the Newtown shootings and the reactions that came out from people afterwards. I live nearby and know that instead of spreading reliable information, news outlets had a field day and turned what should have been a somber, sensitive time into a media circus. I know that they were two different types of tragedies but they are both incidents that resulted in the loss of schoolchildren and the teachers who cared for them. I know that this is a very difficult time, but stay strong. One thing that is worth considering is that there is A Plan. It seems like a callous thing to say during times of hardship(I would know because I’ve felt that way) but it can also be comforting to know that we all have a part and that in the end everything will be judged accordingly and taken care of.

  68. When my sister and I first saw this on our news, and how most of them were students, my sister and I cried. It’s awful. There was a similar accident that happened here in America. A large ship full of passengers capsides, and the captain and the announcer said to stay put. Most of the people died on the ship, even though it was close to the harbor, and the captain made up stupid excuses for his actions, including the announcer. He got off of the ship first before all of the passengers.

    • what????? when was this and what incident was it???
      was it recent? where was this in the US?

    • irritablevowel

      Are you referring to the Eastland disaster? That happened very long ago, but I thought of that when this happened. Every school kid in Chicago knows about the Eastland. They weren’t just close to the harbor, they were in port, tethered to the dock, and all anyone on shore could do was watch. Horrible, horrible story.

  69. It’s very sad to hear all this, Im praying for all the families of the victims and for that everyone will get the truth of the situation because I know how frustrating it can be to hear information on things then hear that it isn’t true. I don’t know much of what happened but I do know it happened and now the people involved have to try and pick up where they left off.

  70. Like so many people, I am so horrified at what happened. My heart goes out to those families and to those poor people. I was doing okay until I saw Simon almost crying and now I don’t know how I’m gonna buck up and go to work. Simon, please tell your friends that we’re praying for them over here in Japan and when you find a good charity to donate too, I’ll put that out on the JET grapevine in Japan. Take care of your selves and make sure to hug Martina, Sooze, Leigh and the fuzzballs extra tight today.

  71. Veronica S

    I’ve been praying for the victims and their families since I heard about the ferry disaster last week. I will keep on praying. Thanks for doing a TL;DR on that topic. It was good to get an update beyond what the international media has been saying. I hope Martina feels better soon.

  72. i feel like i what to do something but i so far away it hurts me. I don’t like here about people being sad at all so this is hurting me. I don’t care about the comeback or performances at the moment that not what matter right now, what is important is that we all get the right information and find what ever kind of happiness that we can …. i don’t i just want thing to be better

  73. Given what information is coming out now, this is a case of greed and selfishness. From the owner to the port authorities to the captain and select members of the crew….it appears that these many children perished due to the selfish and greedy acts of many.

    What bothers me the most in this is what I feel is the impotent response of the Korean government/military/others in attempting to rescue. I was also surprised at the lack of US involvement in the rescue. Seems to me that with the obama proclamation of resetting emphasis on Asia, this would have been a great opportunity to throw the full support of our US Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army….by moving every available asset (which is extensive) and expert into the area. Seems that we just kind of stood by and watched and gave some token assistance.

    • Sara Napsey

      Well, the US can’t assist until they are requested to assist. They even rerouted a navy ship (which I’m sure you already know) to the site. Also, they did have people standing by to help. Had there been American citizens on the ferry, the US government would have scrambled every resource they had to help, but they really had to obligation to. The Russians and Japanese also offered assistance, but the Korean government denied them as well. Yes, I believe the situation would have been much better if the Korean government accepted help from everyone who offered. Actually, I’m not surprised that the Korean government declined Shinzo Abe’s offer after the comfort women scandal. But the closest US military base is in Daegu, which is still fairly far.

      • I am aware there was one ship made available. Personally, I think it was a very tepid response. As far as Abe’s offer is concerned, given the comfort women fiasco and that island…Dokdu?….which the two countries are sparing over, I agree with you.

  74. All my thoughts and prayers go to the students (and the other people present on that ship) and their families, friends and teachers. When I first heard the news, they did say that most of them had been saved, so I just brushed it off as another sad incident, but when I read your tumblr post about it I made some research and was baffled by the news (or lack thereof) that I could find.

    And even though it might not seem much, I feel that just the fact that you took the time to make this video shows your support towards the families and conveys your feelings about the whole incident, and I’m sure that it does make a difference. (Gah I’m so bad at conveying my thoughts in difficult moments like these. Sorry for this mess of a comment ‘^^)

  75. Sara Napsey

    So many young lives taken, but even the President of South Korea said that everything was that captain and crews fault. :(
    Speaking of which, President Obama will be here tomorrow and he issued a statement last week saying a majority of his trip here will be to offer assistance and condolences. This may just be a public relations thing, or perhaps he actually cares…? Oh, and I saw some news coverage on KBS on how the actual owner of the ferry has ten houses and even owns a whole town in France. I’m not sure how truthful this actually is. Does anyone know?

    • Jessica May Matheson

      Who the fuck actually cares when people’s lives have been lost? None of that gossip shit matters. Sorry to be blunt, but it’s disgusting. Hundreds of precious lives were lost that affects the whole world. These victims need to be remembered and grieved about- how can you grieve when you’re fucking gossiping? Sorry, just pisses me off.

      • Sara Napsey

        You don’t think I care about this? I’ve been glued to the TV for the past week watching all the false/sensationalist news reports. I’m sorry I didn’t sound more heartfelt on my comment, but I feel like it’s a given to feel devastated about this tragedy. I don’t want to keep mentioning it since everyone else seems to be. And please, calm down. You didn’t have to get so angry about me trying to confirm things I’ve been hearing on the news. As Simon said, most of it is false and I just want to know the whole story. *Sigh* Why bother. You’re just going to send me another angry comment after this anyway.

  76. i’m so frustrated god please help them get through this tragedy :( ♥

  77. Romantic Roulette

    It’s so terrible that all those kids have had to lose their lives because of the actions of irresponsible people. But that captain is just the worst. Aren’t captains supposed to do what they can to save everyone ELSE before themselves? Like, go down with the ship and all that if need be? Those people were putting their lives in the care of that captain, and he just got the hell out of dodge at first opportunity. I have to admit, had I been on the ferry, I would have done what I could to just gtfo the boat as fast as I could, but I also know that I would be a shit captain, and I would never take a position that put people in my care knowing that I couldn’t handle a situation like this.

    My condolences go out to all the families and people effected by this. Nothing can fix this or make it better, but hopefully people in charge somewhere will take away a lesson of not putting people’s lives at unnecessary risks. You can replace cargo, but you can’t replace lives.

  78. I heard that the best people to donate for this is The Red Cross and the Salvation Army(South Korean Branch).

  79. Simon & Martina if you’re looking for a good organization to donate to I would look into South Korea’s branch of the Salvation Army or the Red Cross. My mother told me during Hurricane Katrina and then Superstorm Sandy that those are the only organizations she trusts with her money because they fall under international scrutiny so you know the donations are actually getting to the victims.

  80. Haley

    How, just how did I not know about this? I mean sure, we had a racist shooting that killed a teenage boy and two others, and major highway shooting. But could that really Surpass that so much to just completely have this to be blocked out of my local news? I feel worse now than I would have because I was so unaware. My prayers are towards the schools who have lost so many lives, the families who have lost loved ones and friends who have lost a companion and especially to those who survived such a traumatizing event, the anguish they must feel. I know how each and every situation feels, and I can only hope things will heal well.

  81. Haven’t really watched the news for a while but when I finally watched, the first news I see is about this catastrophe. It really got me sad but what really broke my heart was one of the mothers who completely had given up about her child being alive just repeating “just give me her body so I can bury her…”

  82. I’m sorry but this big announcement could be that Martina is pregnant? That would be awesome!

    • Simon and Martina do share news about their private lives with their audience but under the condition that they want to or are willing to. They share according to their timing. You asking this is rather inappropriate, especially under this post’s topic.

  83. In Georgia on the local news they say a little bit about it but that’s it

  84. Even though it was the wrong decision for the students to stay where they were, I know that if I was in their position, I would have stayed put as well. That’s because we all hope that our professionals are trained enough to make the right decision. We want to trust them because we think they know more than we do. I know that some people thought about the Concordia when they heard the news. I thought of 9/11. Back then, everyone was told to stay where they were as well. If people hadn’t listened, so many people wouldn’t have died. The same applies to this incident.
    If we can take anything away from this tragedy, I hope it’s that we all take precautions to ensure our own safety. If we are on a ship and think that something is wrong, immediately get to the top deck. The same thing applies to any other situation. If you think something is wrong, get out. That being said, I’m truly sorry for all the people lost. My condolences go out to the families and students affected by this tragedy. Thank you, Simon, for addressing this issue.

  85. Simon, thank you for sharing this and for being so poignant and caring about the seriousness of the situation. It is frustrating to be in the states and feel like you’re not getting the full scope of an event happening overseas, but I can’t imagine how irritating it must be to be in the proximity of the event and be completely in the dark. I think what breaks my heart the most is the senseless loss of those children. As a teacher, I know the well being of my students is the most important thing of my day, and I would be devastated if anything were to happen to them. I
    Accidents happen, but if this could have been prevented then that is just more heartbreaking.

  86. I’ve been following this story very closely every day and it’s just so upsetting. I don’t even want to start going into detail because I’ll never stop. I respect you guys for not posting videos, though, and understand the reason. I hope your friends are feeling better soon, and I hope all those lives lost are better off in the after-life. I truly do.

    Some other people I think we should be paying our respects to are the rescue divers, because imagine how they must be feeling. They’ve risked their lives trying to save these kids, and must’ve been so frustrated when they couldn’t. Now they’ve got the heavy task of entering cabins full of dead bodies of (mainly) children and pulling them out one by one. So thank you, rescue divers. You have possibly the most difficult task of all.

    As for charities, I don’t really know of any. The only thing I know about is some fandoms (B.A.P., EXO, Infinite etc.) doing charity work and handing things out, but I’m not sure how you can participate in this.

    • irritablevowel

      I really hope that in the future people pay attention to the mental health of the divers and encourage them to seek counseling, because this is the kind of thing that can cause serious PTSD. My uncle was a New York City policeman and during the 9/11 recovery his precinct was used as a morgue. He saw some terrible things and needed to see a therapist for a little while after that. There is NO SHAME in that and it’s really important for the divers that they feel that it’s okay for them to do that.

      • Yes, exactly! I think it’s also important for the survivors to seek counseling, but that one’s kind of a given – imagine how it must feel to know you’ve survived whilst your classmates haven’t. But yeah, the ones usually overlooked are the people like the divers and the policemen etc. because, in a way, they’re not “directly” connected to the tragedy, in our minds.

  87. I really respect how sincere and sensitive you guys are being about this whole tragedy. It is alot to take in, the hundreds of students that lost their lives so suddenly and it breaks my heart to hear about the mourning families and friends. Those students were probably stressed and under pressure, like most Korean High schoolers and they still had so much to go. So much to exerience and so much to learn. Its just so sad to see all this happening and the way that the media is handling it like its some event that will bring money and views to their companies. Thank you, Simon and Martina, for putting out this video and I hope you feel better Martina. I just wanted to say that I’m praying for the families and those that have not been found yet and even though we may seem helpless in this situation, the least we can do is pray for them and show our support.

  88. I feel like you handled this very well and my heart breaks for those hurting in Korea right now. I’ve had those hurt by this even in my mind daily and have sent prayers to the families. There will be brighter days but it’s obvious it is hard to see those days now. Even to those like S&M who are not directly related to the incident it will be a struggle to overcome the sadness. I pray that the Lord will keep and guide all of Korea as they go through this incident.

  89. I’m so heartbroken every time I hear about this tragedy, and I’m even more outraged that there are lies being spread by the media. Theres a new story on this topic every day, I read them hoping to hear some positive news, but now I’m just not sure whether I should believe anything thats being written or said about it. The Captain deserves jail for his negligence and inhuman behaviour. He should’ve focused on the safety of his passengers like any captain should, thats their job. The victims on board were too young to die in such a horrific way, they knew something was wrong but still followed orders by a man that cared more about his own life than theirs and that just breaks my heart that they respected the orders of an elder thinking they could trust him with their safety. It makes me feel sick and helpless that there isn’t more we can do right now as like you said theres no charities we can donate to, I just hope theres some way we can provide money to the families affected in the near future.

  90. YukiRed

    You did a very good job with this, Simon. It’s hard to talk about a tragic event, but i’m proud of you.

  91. Hannah

    If it helps at all, there are many prayers and well-wishes coming from all of us all over the world, for South Korea. Such a terrible thing effects so many people and I at least hope those friends and families have a much support as possible to deal with this. Thanks Simon for showing how much you care.

  92. i think tomorrow news could be a baby

    • a) That’s unlikely. If you watch Martina’s “Draw My Life” video, she talks about how she has a serious medical condition where her joints are very weak and dislocate easily (I might not be completely correct; you should watch the video to get complete details).

      b) ‘YouTube’ life. Simon said the biggest thing in their ‘YouTube’ life.

      c ) This blogpost isn’t about S&M. It’s about the lives of the people who were onboard the Sewol ship, their families, the media, and the nation of Korea as a whole.

      • Jessica May Matheson

        Could we stop the speculation? You don’t fully understand her condition, you don’t live with it, so in my opinion, you shouldn’t have an opinion about someone else’s lifestyle. Just because she shared her condition and how it has made her, and how her positive attitude overcomes it does not mean you understand Simon and Martina’s personal lives, nor her condition. You wouldn’t blatantly make an opinion if one of your friends was sick and didn’t know the details, why should you deconstruct and make an opinion about someone’s life you don’t know?

  93. My prayers go out to the families and people effected by this horrible event. I didn’t learn about it until after a whole week though. I had a hard time telling my mom what happened and she herself was struck with sadness. I want to learn more about the event but , as you have mentioned, it’s nearly impossible to find a reliable source. I saw a couple of the reports on false information and I find that to be horrible as well. How can someone spread false news ,like the diver, knowing that families and people all over the world are holding on to a thin piece of hope? Why can’t they do something better like helping out the families that are at the site of the accident? That would be my first active response. Bring them food, blankets, clothes, and other important necessities. But, I don’t live in S.Korea so I feel there’s not much for me to do :(

  94. When I first told my mom about the incident, apparently she knew what the trip was for. Everytime we hear about it and are reminded that many of them were students, we just get really sad. So many young lives lost. I got upset whenever people say about American news that have been reporting on it saying “can’t you keep it happy and positive” and i’m like “people want to know the truth of what’s going on. not a sugar coated story giving them false hope” I think news media should tell the truth no matter what. Then again, most media rely on money and the sooner they release, whether or not its true, the more views they get and the more money they get in return. it really sucks. Capitalism can be an amazing thing when it’s not abused, and this is one of those cases where it can be terribly abused.

    Know that my church is praying for the families and friends and anyone else affected by this. Sending love and hugs y’all’s way.

    Tell Martina to get better. One of the comments below was asking if she was pregnant. All I gotta say is, if she’s still sick in 2-3 weeks from now, from experience, tell her to see a doctor.

  95. Simon u where not scatter brained u did agreat job delivering what you wanted to express in the light of this tragedy. I hope soon the truth will be known. My heart goes out to the people who are suffering from grief losing a loved one or a good friend or student. Please keep us posted.

  96. I remember seeing it on the news on Wednesday last week, but that was the first and the last time the media talked about it here in Czech Republic. I´ve been reading the guardian online to keep myself updated but as the whole ferry incident progresses, the articles are more often about the government and generally high officials pushing the blame onto various people involved.
    From the start it was obvious that the captain as well as a few other crew members did wrong, but the media made it seem like the crew in general acted selfishly and tried to save themselves first. Today for the first time I saw an actual article about how a rather large part of the crew actually stayed on the ship to help save the students and other passengers and how most of them are now dead or missing – which is, unfortunately, the same at the moment. That´s why I can imagine how desperate the families and friends (all of Korea, really) are right now and the frustration with media and government they feel, because rather than on the situation of the rescue work, they are concentrating on the “unimportant” stuff such as that owner of one of the firms linked to the ferry was jailed back in 90´s for fraud. I really don´t think that´s what you want to hear when you lose your child.
    Still, this is just my opinion from what I´ve gathered from the guardian and I haven´t actually seen any Korean news or the way how they deal with that. Deepest condolences for the affected families and friends – the count of dead or missing people is actually higher than the amount of students there is in my school. The thought of all of my friends and classmates disappearing from the world just like that makes me feel so hopeless and I can´t imagine the pain of the students and teachers from Ansan.
    On the other hand, the way some of the kpop fans are dealing with this is outrageous. I never thought someone could actually be as ignorant as to complain about the delayed comeback of their favourite group or the absence of promotions. But I´m sure there will be plenty of people to rant about that.
    Unfortunately, I don´t know about any way of donation, sorry.

  97. this is very tragic and saddening. Those who are spreading false facts, accusations and speculations are just making things even worse and even harder for the families of the victims. I hope these bullshits won’t go far with what Malaysians had to face when the MH370 happened. http://levelmaximum.blogspot.com/2014/03/talk-respect-manners-humanity.html I hope that no one will do anything more than this and just stay put. All we should do right now is pray whatever religion you are. That’s the only thing all of us can do for now.

  98. As everyone has been saying, it’s just so devastating. And the fact that this tragedy could have been easily prevented just makes the entire ordeal frustrating. To my knowledge, there seemed to be a lot of confusion (not enough life jackets/boats, delay in calling for rescue, captain and crew leaving, etc). I’m all for donating for money/supplies and finding justice, but I also think South Korea and the rest of the world need to seriously review safety protocol and adherence to it. Governments need to be making sure companies are following mandates and passengers are aware of what to do in emergencies. Let’s just hope this never happens in the future :(

  99. It makes me so angry about how the captain told them to stay there and then just dipped on them… And sadly some people outside of Korea have been nasty and rude about the fact they can’t watch certain dramas or the fact EXO postpone their debut for the music video overdoes in respect of the tragedy. It’s heartbreaking that some people don’t get that right now Korea needs to focus on these families and their struggle

  100. With so many people on the boat (saved or not) there is hardly a person in Korea who does not know someone who is related to the accident. This “incident” is beyond ‘saddening’ or ‘overwhelming’ or ‘frustrating,’ and I’ve just stopped watching TV altogether. In a way, the whole nation is suffering PTSD; especially because this was a man-made disaster.

    I want to end with a positive sentence, but on this subject I just have nothing to say.

  101. lady_kire

    The day I read that the ferry capsized hurt me. It also got me thinking how those students could have been saved if the right procedures were done, and how at the same time, if I were in that situation, what would I do.

    Watching how the media is covering this tragedy is frustrating. I’ve learnt about this in a class on deviance, that the media is involved with spreading news that can cause moral panic. At the same time, they can just pass anything off as news and get away with it. It’s annnoying that the news forgets to fact-check so much. I’m from Canada, and while I think most of the news sources fact check, they are still guilty at times for spreading moral panic, and focusing too little on some major news events.

    Hopefully, the missing can return.

  102. I’ve heard from some people that there is a religion/belief out there in which about 30 years ago, a woman brought with her about 31 other people to a local mountain. Three people (including the woman?) were responsible for killing everyone else and afterwards the three committed suicide themselves because they believed they could go to heaven this way. An article I read somewhere mentions the theory that the majority of the ferry crew may have been part of this religion, considering the conditions of sailing that day and the instructions that were given on the ship itself.
    I can’t confirm if this is 100% true but it’s just one of the theories that I’ve heard of. I can only hope that this wasn’t the case with the ferry accident.
    I really hope for everyone’s emotional recoveries in Korea and that these kinds of accidents won’t happen again because this was just really heartbreaking.

  103. what about the red cross, or the korea disaster relief association?

  104. My condolences to the families, friends and everyone else affected by this :/
    it’s such an awful thing to happen
    i have read in quite a few articles that Park Shin Hye donated to the Korea Disaster Relief Association, and it says that this organisation is recognised by the government
    so i think maybe this is the organisation to send money to?

  105. I always find it interesting how when a large accident happens, people who are not involved have to get sad and start letting it affect their lives and others. Why don’t we shutdown comedy shows everyday for the people who die everyday on an individual basis?

    Yes, I feel sorry for these families involved, but the only thing I get out of this situation is a disgust for people like the Captain. Granted, I think the idea that a Captain can’t leave the ship until everyone is off is absolutely inane. He should stay behind until the last possible moment, and if he can escape, fine; but I think it is wrong that anyone should expect someone to die on purpose. Granted, this captain was driving wrong, but as long as he had tried to help, I would have seen nothing wrong with him helping till he can help no more, then getting off the boat. Under the circumstances, it is definitely wrong and cowardly that he endangered people, told them to stay put, then left.

    Also find it interesting how everyone else but the media has respect for the families. Entertainment industry stops entertaining. News media starts putting together lies and broadcasting them as truth.

  106. Here is a very large hug from here to you and a sad nation. Deepest of condolences to those impacted.

  107. So incredibly sad. My prayers go out to the families, friends, and anyone suffering from this tragedy. Like you said Simon, if you hear of anything we can do to help, please let us know.

  108. Thank you for posting this TL;DR. Simon, I know it couldn’t have been easy for you to talk about this tragedy. I think it is hard for anyone to talk about without being horribly angry and sad. I have a lot of emotions about what is going on, and have shared them with my friends and family. I am glad that you addressed the media accusing South Korean “culture” as being partially at fault, which, after experiencing that culture first hand, is wholy untrue. My heart goes out to the famlies and anyone affected by this horrible event.

  109. I hope that the captain doesn’t get away with this. It is against Maritime law for the captain to abandon ship when passengers are still on board. They had 54 lifeboats and do you know how many were deployed? 1. The ship was obviously lost. Why weren’t they communicating? Why did a boy have to give up his lifejacket for someone because too few were administered? Why are people so focused on telling kids to stay put in emergencies like lockdowns and now stuff like this? I am sad and furious and beyond confused.

  110. Nancy Raxacoricofallapatorius

    I’ve read your post. You two are sensitive and wise. I write my own post and feelings on the horrible disgusting event. My heart is so broken. The whole thing is confusing. There are a lot of questions needing to be answered. Someone needs to step on on some things. On the flip side, I can’t wait to hear your good news. I have an idea of what it might be hahah I hope it is anyway. :)

    • What do you think the good news could be when they ready to post? Personally, I’m hoping it’s involvement with the 2018 Winter Olympics that will be in Peyongchang! It would be cool for them to play a major role in the build up for the event! Or perhaps a contest for a lucky nasty to attend the Games!

      • Nancy Raxacoricofallapatorius

        Oh my goodness there are so many things it could be. But the one I’m thinking of I’ll keep quiet in case I’m wrong. I don’t want any wrong assumptions and such things getting out there. ;) The winter Olympics would sure be cool too! :) As I sit here thinking about the horrible events this past week and how there is still no end in sight as of yet, I look at my daughter who is the same age as those kids on the ferry and hold in another cry, I’ve given myself a couple of headaches doing that. I am ready to read any tidbit of good news.

        • Tanner Wilson

          Speaking of sports for a moment. I was extremely disappointed in the K-League (Korea’s Top Soccer League) not postponing games this weekend. Sure they downplayed fan events and stuff like that. But they should have PPD. The games all together and reschedule them for a later date! They season just started and they have plenty of time to reschedule them coming up! They should have let them grieve with the entire country and perhaps the league coming together to help the families of the victims!

        • Nancy Raxacoricofallapatorius

          I’m going to agree with you on that. Although I don’t know all the ins and outs of the sports world but it does seem odd that there weren’t as much acknowledgment from them as there is (seemingly) required from others in the mainstream spot light. I realize the world doesn’t stop when tragedy happens but still….

  111. i feel truly bad for any korean families or citizen to go through this. I’m from malaysia and the MH370 incident is horrible. i wouldn’t want anyone to go through that. i feel that in many countries the media are just really unreliable. Now I’m a student studying in taiwan and let me tell u they are seriously one of the worst when it comes to news broadcasting. most of the times they just report anything without making sure its a fact. they also produce news like entertainments shows where random news appear and famous youtube videos can even make it on daily news. My local friend said he never watches the news anymore since many years ago and he said their news broadcast were famous for being unreliable and they only broadcast ‘things that sells’. Anyway, i hope the families can at least now get the bodies back as soon as possible. waiting if always the worst process. not just the incident itself but when waiting, the anxiety, apprehension and insecurities would truly scarred a person.

  112. Is Martina pregnant?

    • Leanne Cain

      I got the impression that Simon and Martina were child free. Meaning they don’t want them, ever. They’ve dodged questions about babies for years.

      • I think that Martina’s condition would make being pregnant really difficult – especially as the child got bigger. She is already in so much pain and to have the additional stress on her body of providing for a baby would only increase the pain. However, I would totally freak out and be happy for them if they did have a child. Adoption is always an option.

        • Sorry…I don’t mean to intrude I’m just curious as to what condition you are referring to? I didn’t realize martina was sick or something…with anything other than food poisoning is what I mean

        • Jessica May Matheson
          Jessica May Matheson

          Watch her Draw My Life video- she talks about her condition there. Aside from that- STOP TALKING ABOUT SIMON AND MARTINA’S PERSONAL LIVES. Let’s just wait for their announcement instead of speculating about their personal lives- that’s just rude and disrespectful. Remember- they can read this, and frankly, their life decisions are entirely different from their YouTube lives. I’m sick and tired of people gossiping about people when it’s out of place and out of reason.

        • Honestly, you overreacting like that makes it worse. You answered a users question. Why couldnt you stop there? You’re making it seem that we are demanding information from them, or that we are considering it a fact, so calm down, it was just a simple question…

        • Alicia Fisher

          Well… I think you are a little out of line here. It is not like anyone is saying something rude or untrue about Simon and Martina.
          Not everyone who watches EYK videos has seen every single one of them. No one made any definitive remarks that weren’t based off what Simon and Martina have already talked about. I don’t think it is disrespectful to be worried about Martina.
          I understand your concern but just remember, if they cared if people talked they wouldn’t put it on the internet in the first place. I’m not trying to bash you, just redirect your anger somewhere else more productive and know that the comments above were done in love for EYK.

        • She has a condition were he joints dislocate VERY easily. So just sleeping causes many of her joints to dislocate. If Martina was pregnant she could possibly dislocate her hips, and the pregnancy itself could cause many problems within itself.

      • Well, I dont know… it just came to my mind. Since they will be making an announcement, “a very big announcement we’re going to make. Perhaps the biggest of our YouTube lives”

        Of course I could be terribly wrong but I guess we will have to wait and see. Im excited to hear their announcement because its obviously a happy one.

    • Why is this relevant to the topic of the video?

      I hope she feels better soon food poisoning is about as fun as the bronchitis that I currently have. Sweet Brown was right!

      • I hope she feels better soon too, and I never said that food poisoning was fun… I only wondered because of the last part of the post Simon wrote. I have been so depressed during the last week abt the tragedy that Im just trying to think about the positive things. I couldnt even enjoy my trip to Vegas because I was so worried about the people in the ferry. So please, refrain from bashing. Who is Sweet Brown?

        • Heard of “ain´t nobody got time for that!”? well then its time you get to know Sweet Brown

        • Heard of it… but I didnt know her name/ nickname

        • ELFergieFerg

          I wasn’t bashing…I was stating that asking if Martina is pregnant is not relevant to the topic of the video. I also wasn’t saying that food poisoning was fun I was comparing it to an illness that is also not fun which I currently have.

        • possibly because of this comment:

          “Tomorrow we’re posting a happier video. It’s not of us being silly and goofing around and being insensitive at this time. It’s actually a very big announcement we’re going to make. Perhaps the biggest of our YouTube lives. I know at this time it’s tough to be happy, but hopefully tomorrow we can make some people smile, which is – really – all we hope to do with these videos.”

    • Applesauce 21

      I wanted to ask but thought I’d get shouted at for not being more serious on the video. For a very deserved reason, the Korean internet is not really in the mood for frivolity, but I couldn’t help but wonder.

      Martina if you’re reading this, I have had food poisoning from chicken, and it has to be the worst 12 hours of my life. I seriously pity you, and hope that you don’t need to be hospitalised or anything :( Take plenty of fluids etc.

      And, finally, my heart goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy, truly. The students who have passed away will not be forgotten.

    • Lol, no. This always seems to be people’s first guess whenever we say that we have a big announcement :D

      • Hi Simon and Martina!! I feel so happy and excited that you replied to my comment. Please forgive me if I made you guys feel uncomfortable. Believe me that was not my intention. Anyway, I wish you guys the best.
        Martina, please get well soon!!! Hugs and kisses from from Los Angeles Ca.

    • Omg! Didn’t even think about that! Now you’ve got all kinds of theories spinning in my head about the announcement.

  113. I thought you would also be mad or at least disappointed about Korea’s Top Soccer League (The K-League) which decided not to PPD. Games this past weekend! They should have PPD. Games to remember the victims as well.

  114. I posted this on FB but will post this here as well. Did you try Hope Bridge Nationwide Disaster Relief Association?

  115. Thank you, Simon. I have been curious how people are reacting in Korea to this tragedy and I, too have read some articles that make it seem like it is because of Korean culture in some way that this is a super common thing or was caused. It makes me very sad to see that so many have died and most of these deaths could have been prevented. It seems that the media will always be the media, and I absolutely despise that. But that is simply the way it is. I really hope that the media will see who is at fault here and I really hope that the captain realized what has happened in part due to his actions.

    Otherwise, I hope that your teacher friends will be able to cope with the losses, I know how close a teacher can become to students, and I can’t even begin to imagine their sadness.

    You gave a great update, and I really appreciate the seriousness of the video. Thank you guys.

  116. http://m.happybean.naver.com/donations/H000000104171
    I asked my korean friend the same question about where to donate and she sent me this link.
    Its organized by naver so I guess it’s pretty legit. You basically buy beans ( cyber money) that’s why it’s called happy beans. Then naver uses these beans to buy useful things for the rescue efforts & victim association.

  117. I’ve been following the news closely since day one, and even though I did not have any close relationship to anyone who is affected by this incident it has made me very upset. Most of these people were kids, they were my sister’s age, and it hurts to see them passed in an incident that could’ve been prevented in so many ways. These people were meant to be living and exploring so many more things, but their life ended because of such a stupid mistake from a few people. On top of that, you knew as the ship was capsizing, that there were hundreds of people who were still alive trapped inside. You imagined those people in a very dark, cold place, with sea water that slowly creeping up and took their last breath away. I have never experience drowning before but it’s such an agony to think about it…let alone experience that in the last moment of your life.

    Anywho, as for the situation of the news though…I’m sure it’s as bad in Thailand. I’ve seen a huge differences between BBC and the news agencies in Thailand. Even though the news on BBC are a bit slow, but at least you can be sure that what is coming out from them has been officially confirmed. The news were presented as how it should be. I don’t know how unbiased it is in the eyes of British public but in my opinion they are trying to present the news as neutral as possible. You can see through the language that they use that they are just portraying what was happening and it’s up to you on how you will feel about that news after you’ve received it. On the other hand, the news stations in Thailand tries too much to dramatise things. The news on any kind of loss will be made to sound sad, which I don’t think it’s right because the news agency or news reporter should not put their opinion into the data that you are giving out to people. And don’t even get me started on the genuinity of the data…..anytime when there’s a political unrest in the country, I’m actually better off watching news from foreign news agengy and I think that’s very silly. It means that I’m reading about what’s happening in my country in a foreign language, and I felt like I should be able to do that in my own language instead.

    But yeah….enough venting. Just one more point, I really love TL;DR because the topic in each week encourages such an interesting discussion (and I like to read it too) so keep it up guys! :D

  118. PunkyPrincess92

    everytime i read about this unfortunate tragedy i get teary!!
    i really am frustrated towards the captain and some of the crew! this just didn’t have to happen at all!!
    i mean why would you not tell everyone to calmly make their way to the top decks? it only takes a few seconds!! and if help WAS going to come in 10 minutes then everyone would still have to be out of the bottom floors to get saved! just darn the whole thing!! makes me so sad and mad!!
    and that random lady lying on the news….man she really has a mental problem!
    and why would people fabricate text messages?!! gosh!!
    i’ve been getting my updates from the Arirang youtube channel!

  119. Im soo sad. Just moved here in the guidance of Simon and martina and thankfully I have a good source.

  120. I can’t imagine such a tragedy hitting anyone harder than former teachers than the families themselves. Speaking as someone caught on the wrong tube train in London on 7/7 all I know for sure is that being trapped causes a flight or fight response and its unbelievable hard to deal with when you can’t escape from somewhere. There isn’t a day I don’t relive that in my mind.

    The only thing completely clear from this is that poorly trained people were involved. Some didn’t do the right thing when they should have and others just didn’t know what to do. Work it through and there are clearly many people that should be held accountable and not all of them were on the boat.

    There is only one thing you can take from events like this: learn from what’s happened and make sure it never happens again. Anything less would be an insult to the memory of those lost.

    • Hey vtraveller, what made the 7/7 terrorist attacks even worse was that it came just a couple of days after the city was awarded the 2012 Summer Olympics which should have been a major celebration around that time.

      • It was the next day actually, and to be honest, when people die, however they die, there is no worse. There is only the pain that willpower can’t turn back time; particularly for the people who have lost someone.

        • yea I know how that feels. Lost my bf out of no where after 2 years together and it still rewinds itself in my mind every day and night. I really feel for these parents and teachers… it must be so painful and confusing and infuriating.

  121. My prayers go out to people of Korea especially to those who have lost a loved one. My heart aches and I can only begin to comprehend the pain that Korea is feeling right now. Please, let us know when you find an organization you feel confident of so that we can reach out to the families. Also maybe the Nasties could hold a type of YouTube vigil or write letters to the schools of the students just to let them know that we are morning with them.

  122. Jessamine Kurnia

    If anyone wants a close follow up on the rescue efforts and situation on site, go check both @josungkim and @hohocho on twitter. There’s also an English live update on http://bit.ly/SewolFerry. Those are the ones I find most reliable. Please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts. It is a hard time for South Korea right now and it is baffling that there’s nothing we can even begin to do to help them.

    P.S. Get well soon, Martina

  123. I hope that everyone dead or alive are returned safely to their families. I currently learned about death and spirituality in my psychology class, and i can only imagine what those families are feeling and going through.

    my heart goes out to all of those affected.

  124. Simon, you look like your eyes can break in any second. It is frustrating, and it is humiliating knowing that theres little we, as international fans of the country and its wonderful people, can do. What i would like to say is, please represent for us, and on our behalf, give out our condolence to the familys and friends, staffs and officials who are affected by this unfortunate event. I wish Martina for a fast recovery, and for you both and all others an easy healing process.

  125. I, too, have been very skeptical about everything I read online, but one thing I read and thought was very outrageous was that the captain of the ferry could only get a maximum of 7 years in jail if proven guilty?? I really do hope that’s another false rumor, this is totally unacceptable, he is responsible of the loss of 64 (until now, sadly the rest of the missing bodies as well) lives..
    Anyway, it is completely heart breaking to hear about this and try to imagine how traumatizing the last hours of those students’ lives were, even being so far away and completely unrelated to the incident as life is normal here. I cannot imagine how you guys and the whole of Korea are feeling right now.. My deepest condolences..

  126. Welcome to the 24 hour a day news cycle. There is little that we can trust on the “news.” News isn’t about informing us, it is about entertainment and selling advertising time/space.

  127. I like to say to your friends that taught the students on the Sewol and along with the people of South Korea they have my deepest condolences. Reading the news here is like assembling a puzzle to try to find what the actual truth is.
    I do have a question about the yellow bow. What is it represent?

    • Do you know the song “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ’round the Ole Oak Tree”? The song is about wanting someone to come back, and everyone feels the same way about the situation, thus the project.

    • It’s like the story of the yellow ribbon the wife tied up for her husband…? Can’t remember the story but the yellow ribbon meant that she was still waiting, and like that WE are all waiting for the missing people to come back.

  128. This whole tragedy is just so so so upsetting. I think there’s no other word that better explains what I’m feeling about this than this. :(

  129. meggykitty

    just so sad. thanks for the video. Sending my love to everyone over there…especially your teacher friends and all the families and friends of those who were lost.

  130. The second I heard about the Sewol ferry disaster, I was heart broken. I remember how it felt during 9/11; my uncle was a retired military who often did extra work for the government that took him to the World Trade Center, and my family didn’t know if he was safe or not. Even though he was safe, the waiting for news was painful and the news was just as sensationalist as the news of the Sewol ferry is. Sadly, my uncle died tragically just six years later. The day I found out was horrific; I can only imagine the hearts of the families in finding out the news about their children and relatives. That’s why when I heard about the captain’s actions, my heart broke. My uncle was in the Navy and he would have risked his life to save others; to see that someone took his position and did something so cowardly, I could barely breathe. All I can hope for now is that peace and comfort be brought to those families and justice be brought down upon those who wronged others.

  131. Mainy Åkerman

    I was so angry when I heard what happened. Not to mention it happened on the exact same day that the Titanic sunk. The captain should be jailed for murder. Every single passenger could have fairly easily been saved if he wasn’t such a cowardly, selfish jerk. My uncle is a sailor and he takes people out on fishing trips. He’s had his boat capsize once before because of a freak wave. While his boat was much much smaller than the ship those poor passengers were on–his only had about 10 people–he saved them all. There were no injuries, no deaths, nothing. In fact one of the 10 people pitched in to buy him a new boat, which was very kind. I know this because I was on the boat. By the time everyone got back to shore, nobody was crying or scared, we were just laughing at how all our fish became a free meal to any brave sea creature who wanted to check out the boat.

    At any rate, even though the boat that sunk in Korea was a lot bigger, they still could have saved mostly or maybe even everyone if that captain hadn’t been an asshole. I almost want to say he purposely made them stay in their rooms so they couldn’t get out. What a sick bastard. I am so sorry for all the families’ losses and while I’m not religious, I’ll pray anyway, for the peace of mind for everyone who lost somebody. Sadly, there’s nothing else I can do. If there was, I’d do it, but like you said, there’s no real reliable charities to donate to and I can’t fly to Korea.

    Thanks for this TLDR. It was an important one.

  132. I cry every time i see pictures or videos about the tragedy. I also get so mad and disgusted at some of the people online who write posts about how they’re not liking how some of there shows or music videos are being postponed because if this tragedy.

  133. Another frustrating factor for me was the Korean government denying US Navy help when the ship was still sinking. And now they are refusing help from Japan. If the Korean president is going to point a finger at the captain for cowardly acts, three of those fingers are pointing back to her position of refusing help based on pride. True colors are shown during trying times like these.

    • I heard about that too, I know countries don’t always get along but sometimes countries need to put that feeling aside and think about how help would benefit the actual victims.

    • I was sooooooooo upset by that fact too. I don’t know how much the US Navy could do…but I’m sure that’s something that could save a few lives of those people :’(

    • before you say it’s frustrating (i was frustrated too), know this:
      if korea gets help from the US of japan, the government needs to give out important information from the navy.
      such as where the ships are usually plotted, etc.
      it is heartbreaking, but i don’t know if giving out information like that is very good…

  134. This tragic event has been on my mind since it happened. I’ve been watching the news and reading the articles put up on AOL/Yahoo, but the information has been un-trust worthy/un-reliable. Being from the US there’s not much in the way of news, but I do know that with each story I read on a news site/hear on the news I feel more and more heartbroken for the families and friends of those missing. My thoughts and prayers are with those effected.

  135. This is really an aweful tragedy. All my thoughts and prayers go to the victim’s families. No parent should have to bury their child. The media’s just… spreading false info is just…truly it leaves me speechless. It’s just plain rude and rotten on their part. Thanks for the TL;DR Simon and Martina!

  136. Do you guys happen to know any legit places to donate too that benefits the survivors and the families of the lost/deceased? This really tore me up.

  137. There were so many place in this video when I thought Simon was going to cry. Maybe his eyes were red because he was tired, but because of that and the fact that I’m deeply touched by this tragedy, I cried a lot. I think there will be an actual trustworthy fundraiser or some kind of parents-comity thingy to donate at one point. In the meantime though, there’s this yellow ribbon movement that is spreading around the web.

    People, you should support the yellow ribbon movement. It shows you care and support the grieving families and somewhat still have hope that someone might be saved, or at least, that the bodies will be returned to their families. And, in that way, you can actually reach out/somewhat help Koreans that are grieving. Koreans on Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter thanked me for my support. I think at least, it gives them a little warmt in their heart, that people even overseas are grieving with them.

  138. I can barely read about it without crying. I can’t imagine living through it in any capacity.

    Is the Red Cross involved? I don’t know if this is their purview but I thought I’d suggest it.

    • Oh and as far as news goes, I am from the land of Fox News, I feel your pain.

      • I don’t watch Fox News, but I hear about it on the Daily Show, which I watch. Fox News…is scary to me.

        • It is to me too. There’s a level of sensationalism that I thought was reserved for the black and white “newspapers” at the grocery store checkout. The reporting I’ve been hearing on this incident seems to be at almost the same level; who cares if it’s right, does it Shock and Alarm? Does it enrage and frighten? Then ****it, report it! It’s frustrating when you are a person who wants the truth so you’re sad or angry for legitimate reasons. At least there I’m seeing them re-reporting the truth, here if they were wrong they tend to ignore it.

        • Jackie Outlaaw

          I currently live in chicago, and trust me, no sane person believes the info
          provided by Fox 100%.
          CNN is pretty faulty too. I personally prefer BBC since it’s more factual than the American ones.

        • I thought their brand of reporting was limited to the Weekly World News (Bat Boy Marries! Aliens in My Basement! Elvis Works in Fast Food! )
          Just because it claims to be need doesn’t mean it’s truthful or factual.

  139. I’m feeling really emotionnal now… I’d really need to give hug to anybody at this point. Q_Q

  140. I read somewhere that some idol group fandoms were taking donations and sending things directly to families and survivors as opposed to possible shady charities. If anyone wants to help out from outside of SK and want to help those who were affected first hand by the tragedy, I guess a possible route is to connect with people who are part of the official fandom. Unfortunately, I don’t know how accurate this is though, vague as it is. If anyone can provide more info, or correct me that’d be great.

    Thanks for addressing this topic, Simon. It was hard to read updates from the incident, I can’t imagine how difficult it was to talk about it. I’m glad you both are talking about the issue with other people, no matter how down the issue is, it’s good to be in solid company.

  141. I am working at an elementary school in South Korea and the school’s Field Day, scheduled for next Friday, has been cancelled due to the ferry tragedy. People are deeply affected by this, and there is a general feeling of sadness and mourning. But, on the other hand, everyone is still going on with their lives. Classes are in session and my students are running, playing, and laughing; I will be attending a wedding this Saturday. It’s an odd juxtaposition of emotions.

  142. You don’t seem scatterbrained at all in this Simon. You come across as honest, factual and heartfelt. As someone that works in media, is pisses me off SOOOOOO MUCH when people fail to fact-check their information before broadcast, all in the hope of getting the ‘jump’ in a breaking story. Spreading miss-information benefits no one.

    Goes without saying; my thoughts and well wishes goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy, directly or indirectly. It’s so senseless….no one learnt anything after the Costa Concordia disaster in Italy. :(

    PS: Get well soon Martina. Food poisoning is the suck.

    • “Spreading miss-information benefits no one.” – I’m gonna disagree: it benefits the media companies that get the views, even though it hurts so many people in the process…

      • True. But it’s not a good benefit ultimately. Sure, they get more ‘eyeballs’ on their story, but at what cost? :/

        I’m too much of a bleeding heart for where I work sometimes…. *small chuckle*

        • Jessica May Matheson
          Jessica May Matheson

          What has really pissed me off about media companies lately is disrespecting the people’s deaths and showing, out of sensationalism, the actual deaths of people (like that Georgian Olympian in Vancouver 2010) and the grieving families. The Malaysian flight families have been grieving and they get news cameras in their faces as their entire world is crashing down. News cameras do not belong in the grieving process- period.

        • That is one thing I don’t like, esp about Korean media–filming celeb-related funerals and memorials-snapping pictures of people crying–especially family–they should be left alone for a while–they deserve time to grieve in private.. I don’t care if there are fans that want to know–they can wait a bit, too. They should think about how they would feel to have cameras shoved in their face if they were in the same situation.

    • Todays the day they are opening the school again and they are starting the school without half their students. I think that really upsetting that they have to walk past those classrooms.
      In case this is false information please blame BBC news, not me.
      Get well Martina…
      Oh and I think I poisoned my mum with the food I made. I’ll see if she well or not tomorrow!
      (hopefully not, because I poisoned my self as well)

  143. I hope that you guys are okay, it makes me sad when anything like this happens and it really hit home that some of those who were involved were only my age and some even younger. I hope that everyone is given the proper time to grieve. My heart goes out to you guys and all the families of those who were involved. Love you guys <3

  144. Thank you guys for wanting to let us know what is going on. I agree that information at this time and for really the past few weeks has not been very good. Really in America we are hearing little to nothing about this, If you want to know you got to dig for it. I know that I feel and hope that others feel heart broken that this has happened. It doesn’t make it better that this terrible disaster isn’t and can’t be covered better. Please Let us know if there is anything you guys find for a relief fund.

  145. Bonnie Lynn Katzell Muench

    I agree the country should not be at fault or brought to blame… thank you for saying that.. international fans around the world are grieving with South Korea as well.. Thank you Simon and Martina

  146. This whole situation is… indescribable. The actions of the crew, the bravery of those that stayed to save others, the stories from the families and survivors and just the thought of those that were trapped and died.

    One thing that for me makes this situation worse is how some people are behaving. In such a tragic event all some people can think about is either their kdramas or bands not promoting right now or (and this is worse for me) the fake texts sent, the lying and cover ups and something that was sent to me this afternoon. It was a couple of pictures and unfortunately i can read korean and it was pictures of a couple of the deceased bodies laid out uncovered. How anyone can think that its ok to disrespect the families and the victims like that is beyond me but i saw two pictures, i knew immediately what they were and as soon as i read the caption i just burst into tears. I couldnt belive that these were actually on the internet and that people think that its ok to share that kind of picture.

    This whole tragic event has just brought out the best in alot of people from the heroes to survivors to the volunteers and divers. But also the worst of society

  147. This has been making me sad the whole week, I’ve been updating on the news several times a day. A thing I wanted to point out is that a lot of the charity going around is too overwhelming for them to handle and it’s been reported that most of the things get stolen. If you’re going to donate, donate money and not objects fan bases and fanbasemasters have been giving. :/ Sighs.

  148. When I first read the news story, I was heart broken. So many lives taken too early and so many parents and families not knowing what happened to their children/ loved ones. My heart goes out to those families.

  149. This accident reminds me of the Concordia accident. They told people not to worry to go back to their rooms and the capitan also got off the ship. In repect to this event alot of the out doors activities are being cancel.

    • Holy snap I totally forgot about that. That’s two captains that suck! Whatever happened to “the captain goes down with the ship?”

      • I know! There’s no honor or pride anymore. As a captain its your duty to make sure everyone is off the ship. I’m sorry to say for those captains who get off the ship before the passenger are very weak people. Do they honestly think they could just walk away from that and nothing will happen to them?

        • It’s more than just moral duty; it’s (in most countries) standard maritime law. If a captain knowingly abandons a sinking ship, he can be prosecuted for criminal negligence, manslaughter and/or causing a shipwreck.

        • Jarek Moromizato

          Totally agree. Fortunately, there were individuals who reminded us that faith in humanity is not lost. There was a widely circulated audio where Captain De Falco of the Italian Coast Guard sternly reminds Cruise Captain Schettino of his duties. For those who haven’t heard it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX_08zcCmx8

        • Liza Ann Acosta

          WOW! I had never heard this. WOW. Thank you for posting it.

      • Mariana Ferreira Albuquerque

        Titanic’s captain followed the rules so closely that he closed himself inside of the ship…

        • I live in Korea, and I actually had a taxi driver explain, in limited English, that the captain of the Sewol ferry was the opposite of the Titanic captain. It was an interesting way to put it, especially considering how popular that movie is over here.

    • Yes, the worst thing about that accident too is that the captain also crashed the boat by going too near land, he did that deliberately trying to impress someone.

      • Yes…unfortunately some captains of the Costa cruise company were doing that quite often to get the ship close to the Isola del Giglio. The captain is supposed to leave the ship last but looks like that “rule” is not resepcted much these days.

      • I heard read that the captain wasn’t even near the helm when the boat ‘crashed’. He handed it off to his 3rd mate (who is also on trial), and she wasn’t properly equipped to stead the boat properly away from the islands. The boat wasn’t really hit, but she turned way to sharply, which contributed to the capsizing. What seriously gets to me is that the first real distress call was from the passengers, not even the captain. From what I’ve read (which, you have to remember, may or may not be fact), the captain really seemed confused throughout all this. It was suggested that he get the passengers to leave the ship only 5 minutes after he reported what happened, and how long did it take to tell people to clear out.

        • On the news here last night they said that the student who called in the initial distress call was recovered yesterday. His remains are with his family now. It’s been a huge tragedy, but I am glad that he at least was able to save so many lives. Even though the captain wasn’t doing as he should, there were many of the students and some of the crew and teachers who gave everything to help get others out.

    • Mariana Ferreira Albuquerque

      Costa Concordia was the first I thought about after knowing the news. I remember going a cruise from Chivitavecchia-Barcelona a year after and I was scared as hell. Cruise ships are really freaky. I get kind of claustrophobic.

  150. Totally tragic. I feel so bad for the parents, family members, and friends that had kids on that ship; getting jerked around by the media telling them one thing then another. How utterly heartbreaking.

  151. Akira Miyashi

    I can somewhat relate to what Korea is feeling right now. It’s like when I first found out that Flight MH370 went missing and all sorts of speculations and rumors began to sprout. Though I know no one on board but the fact that something big as this could happen so close to me is just shocking and heartbreaking. I hope that the Sewol incident will be solved soon and not drag on so long like the MH370 which is still missing. :(

  152. News ppl just care about being the first ones , they don’t necessarily check to see if its correct.. thats everywhere. ..i feel so sad for the parents of the victims. .. #sigh i hope they get their relatives back soon…

  153. Dear Simon and Martina, my thoughts and Prayers are going out to the people on the ship as their families i can’t even fathom what they are feeling right now. you have my prayers and thoughts always because something sort of similar to this happened in my home town with a bus exploding killing college hopefuls and i remember reading so many false reports like we are doing now with this tragedy so i am trying to stay positive for you guys and with you guys and just know that Deep in the Heart of Texas Dallas to be exact, this girl is praying for them.

  154. I’ve been following this since I first saw the news on Wednesday last week. So tragic. Not to say that had it been all adults, it wouldn’t have been as tragic, but there is a great loss when people who haven’t even been given the opportunity to live pass.

    Thank you for posting this. It is exactly what I have been trying to relay to people when I tell them why this is such a big deal.

  155. Think you summed it up pretty well, I’m in Korea now and it’s so much bs in media about this that I don’t understand how a so “up-going” country can make.

  156. The thing that breaks my heart the most is the fact that majority of those on board were highschool students, young adults just like me. The fact that those who survived wont be able to see their friends ever again. It truly is heartbreaking. Living overseas, there’s not much we can do, but pray. Pray for a miracle. Let there be at least one survivor.

  157. Leanne Cain

    It makes me so sad/angry to know that all these deaths could have been prevented in a thousand different ways. They were just kids. They could have been someone’s husband/wife/doctor/friend in the future. Just seeing the pictures chills me to the bone. And here in America, you’ll hear nothing about it unless you follow CNN. Thanks for giving us an update, guys! Hug each other.

    • Even CNN can be biased, though.

      • Leanne Cain

        CNN is definitely biased. They also over-publicize and speculate on tragedies for views.

        • Jessica May Matheson
          Jessica May Matheson

          True- though from what I have seen on CNN, compared to other stories, they are being (fairly) respectful about reporting the tragedy- at least from the one segment I saw. It’s awful, it’s terrible, and it’s just so painful… I feel more like the world is in mourning for Korea

    • CNN sucks. Fox News all the way man.

      • LOL. Fox News is in no way shape or form, fair, balanced, or unbiased.

      • I don’t watch Fox News myself, but after watching shows about Fox News, it kinda scares me. And by kinda I mean really.

        • lol you shouldn’t be scared about things you haven’t actually looked at yourself. To enrich yourself to a full perspective you need to explore other views even if you really disagree :) So yeah, I watch fox news and sometimes they really really piss me off but other times I like the different take(no they are not always heartless racists or whatever). In general I think its healthy to not avoid or be afraid of debate and rethinking your ideas and understanding why you defend them. So I like looking at all kinds of things. Peace :)

      • FOX is one of the WORST places you could get your news…..

      • LOL fox news is the epitome of bias news broadcastings. Plus the number of errors they make in their programs is ridiculous. I regrettably watched fox news coverage on the ferry and the news caster was like “and now we go to XXX in Bangkok for the full report”. like WTF?!?!

      • CNN sucks at reporting but Fox news makes up things so they are not better.

      • I don’t think any news network is unbiased, but I’d pick Fox News over the others any day.

    • I don’t watch any televised news (I don’t have cable). But I’d be surprised if CNN is the only one covering it. My local country radio station talks about it during most of their news breaks and I don’t believe they are CNN. I hope the televised news people around the world treat this tragic situation with respect.

      My prayers are with all of you.

    • whatismynameagain

      the only thing good about CNN is their ridiculist….LOL

    • I heard about this on Greta (fox news), even though Fox is SUPER DUPER bias, they do pretty good at fact checking their stuff when its non-political stuff. I know in some tragedies where I followed CNN or msnbc there was some stuff not really fact checked very well, definitely a lot of misleading speculation for views. Example: the boston bombing incident was just plain ridiculous on CNN. I switched between them and in general Fox was more accurate factually speaking, they’d hold off on conclusions whereas CNN would just put it out and then apologize later. However in general I feel it’s good to look at several news for the full view. All in all it really makes me appreciate videos like these where Simon just puts out the real heartfelt sentiments of those living in korea right now, which is the real truth. Prays to those in Korea and those mourning them :’(

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