A belated memorial service was held in Mokpo, southwestern South Korea, on Saturday for a high school teacher who died in a tragic ferry sinking in 2014 that took more than 300 lives aboard.
Participants in the service remembered the late teacher Ko Chang-seok who went missing while trying to rescue his students as the Sewol ferry sank off the country's southwestern coast en route to Jeju island on April 16, 2014.
Of the 476 passengers aboard, 295 -- mostly students of Danwon High School in Ansan, south of Seoul -- died, with nine others, including Ko, missing at that time. After the sunken ferry was hoisted from the sea early this year, the remains of Ko and three others were discovered in the shipwreck.
|Late teacher Ko Chang-seok (Yonhap)|
Ko was last seen searching through cabins of the sinking ferry on the tragic day, according to participants in the memorial service held at the port of Mokpo, about 350 km south of Seoul, on Saturday morning.
After the service, Ko's remains will be transported to Samsung Medical Center in Seoul for a three-day memorial period before being laid to rest at Daejeon National Cemetery. The government has decided to bury Ko in the national cemetery because he died while on duty. (Yonhap)