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New S Korea agency to replace coast guard in search and rescue

Published Tue, Nov 18, 2014 · 09:50 PM

Seoul

SOUTH Korea launches a massive new government agency this week to handle emergency rescue and safety management seven months after a ferry disaster killed 304 people and was blamed by President Park Geun-hye on a failed response by the coast guard.

The coast guard is being broken up and its search and rescue duties are being moved to the new National Safety Agency that will have more than 10,000 staff and incorporate fire and emergency …

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