Korean Ferry Sinking, As divers searched frigid waters off South Korea in low visibility Wednesday, hoping to save hundreds of passengers, a dominant theory began to emerge about how the ferry sank.
It most likely struck something in the water, said Peter Boynton, a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain.
“The speed with which this ferry began to list and then roll over on its side suggests significant damage, most likely causing major flooding that would cause a vessel of this size — almost 500 feet long — to quickly roll onto its side. That’s very likely the result of significant damage,” he said.
Some passengers reported hearing a loud bang before the ship began sinking. That could be from cargo shifting or “some other internal damage,” Boynton told CNN’s “New Day.” “But it does sound, from initial reports, it was more likely that something was struck.”