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Doomed ferry’s last voyage overloaded

Documents reveal S. Korean ship’s cargo exceeded safety limits on 246 trips

Posted: May 5, 2014 at 3:53 a.m.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center right, is escorted by Oceans and Fisheries Minister Lee Ju-young to meet with relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, May 4, 2014. Divers battled strong currents and wind Saturday to search unopened rooms in the sunken South Korean ferry for dozens of missing passengers, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

INCHEON, South Korea — The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips — nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo — in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents that reveal the regulatory failures that allowed passengers by the hundreds to set off on an unsafe vessel. And it may have been more overloaded than ever on its final journey.

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