The body count from the South Korean ferry disaster has reached 150. What a sad term - body count. It hardly does justice to the pain and suffering relatives of the dead will experience.
Better weather Tuesday allowed divers working on recovering bodies a better window of opportunity but Wednesday the Indian Express reports the operation is entering a tricky phase. Recovery workers will have to break through cabin walls to retrieve more bodies.
Sadly around another 150 people are missing, now presumed dead.
What happened to the stricken vessel is not clear. When salvage crews are finally able to right the vessel answers may be forthcoming. For now recovering the bodies is the priority.
At least five crew members are under arrest with reports that six more are detained. Was the accident due to human error, incompetence or a blatant disregard for life?
Images of the captain receiving medical attention on land while the tragedy was still unfolding have angered loved ones. The authorities are angry too and everyone is looking for a person or persons to blame.
However there is no legal obligation for a ship's captain to stay on board until a ship sinks. It is tradition that he does and his early departure from the ship means he left his passengers and crew to save themselves.
All too often accidents are just one of things but the South Korean ferry tragedy has echoes of the Costa Concordia and crew failings.