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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on May 11th, 2013 at 8:52 am

Friends Want To Help Send Home English Teacher Killed By An Accident In Korea

Here is a request I received from a ROK Drop reader who is looking for help in raising funds to send his friend back home to the United Kingdom after tragically passing away due to an accident:

As you may or may not be aware our friend Kevin Andresen sadly died in a tragic accident very recently.

The accident occurred in South Korea and Kevin is still there.

His friends in Korea and home have been amazing in their support and it just shows how Kevin touched the lives and hearts of people wherever he went.

His family and friends are now trying to meet the extraordinary costs of organising an international cremation and then bringing him home for a service in the UK.

Unfortunately these costs are rising everyday.

We want to organise the cremation in Korea as he loved it there so much, and for all of his friends there to be able to pay their respects.

We then want to transport him home so that his family and UK friends can say goodbye.

We would really appreciate your help in contributing to costs in doing this.

If you feel you are able, please donate and every penny we raise will go toward the costs associated with giving Kev the send off he deserves.

Any amount will be of huge help.

Thank you.

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  • Simi
    6:57 am on May 11th, 2013 1

    A friend of mine died a couple of years ago. Cremation and the box required for international travel was less than $1300.00(U.S.). Is this request legit? That did not include airfare.

  • Fanwarrior
    9:05 am on May 11th, 2013 2

    There was a story about 2 expats that died recently. One was hit by a bus, the other got drunk and fell out of a building or something to that nature.

    I would guess that this fee must be for the cremation, box and then airfare for someone to transport his ashes, but still, seems like an odd thing to really be scrounging for. Maybe if they were sending the whole body, but this is really on the low end.

  • Here
    9:36 am on May 11th, 2013 3

    He who has not been drunk may cast the first stone.

  • Baek, In-je
    10:46 am on May 11th, 2013 4

    What happened to him? What was the accident?

  • Star Jjang
    2:23 pm on May 11th, 2013 5

    Contact British Consulate or Embassy? Find out more.

  • John from Daejeon
    12:42 am on May 12th, 2013 6

    In the U.S., you can send cremation remains via express mail and many airlines allow them in checked baggage as long as the death certificate is with them.

    Maybe, South Korea has a lot more hoops to jump through and red tape to deal with in these types of circumstances or maybe the hospital is refusing to release the body until the bill is paid.

  • Abigail
    12:03 pm on May 13th, 2013 7

    This really is legit, Kevin was a friend of mine. Fanwarrior – your comments that this is scrounging are actually very insulting to Kevin’s friends, Family and his memory. He died in a tragic accident and that’s all that we are asking is for people to donate if they feel they are able as Kevin’s family are not able to personally fund the expense. If you don’t want to donate then don’t and that’s fine but to judge a request made in an hour of need and to make such harsh comments shows how immature and disrespectful you are. I hope that you or your friends or family are never in a situation where you may have to depend on the generosity of others for fear that people doubt your sincerity too. If you are not able to say anything respectful or sympathetic then I suggest you say nothing at all.
    For those who may be interested in helping, I can guarantee that all monies raised will be spent on bringing Kevin back to the UK. through the kindness of friends and family we have already reached and passed the original funding target and Kevin’s mother is eternally grateful to all who have helped.

  • kushibo
    3:24 pm on May 13th, 2013 8

    Abigail, I’m sorry for the loss of your friend. Prayers and condolences to his family and everyone who cared about him.

    Please forgive the cynicism you might find, though. There have been less-than-legitimate appeals for money or assistance on various places in the K-blogs from time to time, and without details, it’s hard for people to be free of doubt even when the legitimate and deserving cases pop up.

    Can you provide a little detail about how much money is needed and for what (e.g., cremation, transportation)? Is there someone acting on his behalf, like the UK embassy?

  • Here
    4:23 pm on May 13th, 2013 9

    When people requesting money speak in vague terms and give no detailed information except how much money they want, they have little right to complain about suspicion and cynicism.

    The primary information they are hiding is that Kevin Andresen got drunk and fell over a high wall.

    This information might keep the “he brought it on himself” crowd from donating but the weaselly way in which the “tragic accident” was glossed over invites further curiosity and suspicion from well-meaning people who do not want to see their generosity squandered or taken advantage of.

    While there was a request for a large sum of money, there was not even the courtesy to suggest why it was needed with a listing of what it would be used for. There are plenty of connected people who read these blogs who might easily be able to make arrangements to cover some of the necessary services at no cost to themselves. The free shipping of cremated remains from an American military base in Korea to one in Britain comes to mind, either officially on compassionate grounds or unofficially as a personal act of kindness. For this reason, a simple request for mo’ money seems shallow and thoughtless.

    The accident was certainly tragic and his friends likely have their hearts in the right place, but the situation has not been handled in the most thoughtful way.

    I suspect asking for assistance with an itemized list of necessary goods and services would go much farther towards solving the problem than a simple “all you need to know is where to send the money” attitude.

  • Flunky Brewster
    2:01 am on May 15th, 2013 10

    British teacher, 30, dies after plunging 50ft from cliff while climbing in South Korea
    Kevin Andresen was exploring island of Jangbong

    Mr Andresen, from Blaina, near Newport, South Wales, had been teaching English in Seoul

    A British teacher has plunged to his death while rock climbing in South Korea.

    Kevin Andresen, 30, died after falling more than 50ft from a cliff on the island of Jangbong, off the west coast.

    A keen traveller, he had been teaching English in Seoul when the accident happened.

    He was killed when he fell off of a mountain path while out rock climbing with friends on May 4.

    His mother, Gaynor, 52, said: ‘The support I have had has been superb.

    ‘People have been so very kind doing this for me. It really is unbelievable.’
    Mr Andresen’s girlfriend Rachel Law was in India when the accident happened and is now heading back to Britain for his funeral service.

    His friends in South Korea have planted a tree with a memorial plaque on a mountain near Pyeongnae, 30 miles east of Seoul.

  • Flunky Brewster
    2:08 am on May 15th, 2013 11

    8- Try all of the time.


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