A final checkup has begun in order to lift the sunken Sewol ferry that capsized with nearly 300 passengers onboard off the country’s southwestern island of Jindo in April 2014.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that a final test started at around 6 a.m. Sunday to see if two jack-up barges will safely lift the hull of the ship from the ocean floor.
The ministry and China’s Shanghai Salvage will attempt lifting the ship one to two meters from the sea bed in the trial lift.
The ministry originally planned to lift the ferry as soon as it succeeds in the trial lift, but canceled it as high waves are in the forecast from Monday to Wednesday.
Accordingly, the actual lift, which will take about three days, will likely come around April fifth when the tidal difference is the smallest.