South Korea votes to disband coast guard in wake of ferry disaster

November 7, 2014 11:22 AM

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South Korea votes to disband coast guard in wake of ferry disaster

South Korea's National Assembly on Friday approved plans to disband the coast guard in the wake of criticism over its failure to rescue hundreds of passengers during the sinking of a ferry in April.

Authorities say swifter, more aggressive action by the coast guard in the initial stage of sinking could have saved more lives. The sinking, one of the country's deadliest disasters in decades, killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students travelling to a resort island for a school trip.

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