Re "Ferry students' plight captured on cellphones" (Page A10, May 1): Korea has always had difficulties in recruiting divers who can plunge into the deep sea. Therefore, Korea always uses private divers, because they have better equipment than UDT divers.
In addition, the government's sluggish response to each disaster leads to more casualties. If they could alert passengers when they arrive, more people could survive.
The best way to prevent disaster is to check ships regularly and take the time to inspect ships before takeoff. There is a great deal of corruption between the ferry companies and these profitable groups who check ships. When the police checked the date of the lifeboat inspections, it was made in 1994, but a profitable group checked it as being satisfactory.
It shows the Korean government must take ships' safety into their own hands, instead of leaving it to these profitable organizations.
-- Taewook Ham, Chico