There was a rescue ship constructed after The Cheonan vessel incident because people kept criticizing the government’s belated rescue response and lack of equipment and people during emergency crisis. The Tongyoung is said to have state of the art facilities especially for rescuing stranded ships and the search and tow of sunken ones. Built to search 3,000 meters underwater and equipped for divers to be able to conduct rescue mission 90 meters underwater.
It cost a fucking 159 billion won(roughly 153 million USD) of tax payer money. It was finished and launched September 2012. 1 year and 7 months ago.
Wasn’t used a single moment during the Jindo ferry accident.
Because, according to the spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, the navy hasn’t been able to test and certify all the equipment.
Previously, the Ministry of National Defense had boasted that The Tongyoung had been able to tow The Dokdo, a ship of 14,000 tons(The Sewol is estimated to be 10,000 tons at the most), and can tow any navy vessel.
I guess the lives of civilians weren’t worthy of its use? And here I thought the National Defense existed to save and protect us civilians, and not just from evil North Korea and their equally evil sympathizers. Stupid me.