Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy offered condolences this week in a letter to the mayor of Burbank’s sister city, Incheon, South Korea, expressing sincere sympathy for the victims of the ferry disaster that left hundreds dead or missing.
Last Wednesday, the Sewol ferry took off from the port of Incheon carrying 476 people, 325 of whom were students with 15 staff members on a field trip from Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, before sinking nearly 50 miles from its destination, the Los Angeles Times reported.
As of Thursday, 171 had been confirmed dead and 131 were still missing, according to the Times.
“The whole country of South Korea is clearly devastated by this because there were so many young lives involved,” Gabel-Luddy said on Thursday. “We host many young people who are of high-school age. It affects the South Koreans and it affects our sister city community, as well the families here in Burbank who also host Korean students who come to stay with us.”