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Captain In Ferry Sinking Charged, In Custody

April 18, 2014 by staff · Leave a Comment 

Captain In Ferry Sinking Charged, In Custody, A South Korean captain, standing in handcuffs before reporters, defended his order to delay the evacuation of his sinking ferry, state-run media reported early Saturday.

The news of Lee Joon Seok’s arrest in connection with the sinking that left 29 people dead and more than 270 missing came as divers worked through the night to try to reach the hundreds still believed to be inside the wreckage in the frigid waters 20 kilometers (roughly 12 miles) off the coast of South Korea’s southern peninsula.

Lee has been charged with abandoning his boat, negligence, causing bodily injury, not seeking rescue from other ships, and violating “seamen’s law,” state media reported, citing prosecutors and police

The charges against Lee appear to shed some light on what authorities have focused on in their efforts to find out what happened to the ferry making its way Wednesday from Incheon to the resort island of Jeju.

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