Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (18 April) on the ferry disaster in South Korea:
I was shocked by the news of the tragic ferry accident off the island of Jeju in South Korea. We grieve for the many people who lost their lives when the Sewol sank and hope that there are survivors to be found amongst those still missing.
We are particularly distressed by the deaths of young pupils who were on an excursion together. In Germany, we feel deep sympathy for the great suffering of the relatives and the country as a whole.