South Korea Prime Minister Resigns Over “Slow reaction” in Ferry Disaster Response

Apr. 27, 2014

By Nic Robertson, Ben Brumfield and Jung-eun Kim

Jindo, South Korea (CNN)[Breaking news update at 9:21 p.m. ET]

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(CNN) — South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his immediate resignation Sunday morning on national television, taking responsibility for the slow initial response to the ferry accident and apologizing to victims’ families.

[Original story published at 11:07 a.m. ET]

Fisherman Kim Hyun-ho finds no peace when he lies down at night. The hundreds of dead or missing passengers from the Sewol ferry disaster haunt his sleep.

Their screams ring in his head. He has vivid memories of his rush to save them in his modest fishing boat off South Korea’s coast 10 days ago.

Kim thinks he may have pulled 25 people from the frigid waters of the Yellow Sea, said Saturday. But the man from a nearby tiny island of just 100 people feels no pride, only torment.

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