Captain and Three Crew Members Charged With Homicide in South Korean Ferry Sinking

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JINDO-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 16: In this handout image provided by the Republic of Korea Coast Guard, a passenger ferry sinks off the coast of Jindo Island on April 16, 2014 in Jindo-gun, South Korea. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including students and teachers, traveling to Jeju island.  (Photo by The Republic of Korea Coast Guard via Getty Images)
Photo: Handout/2014 Republic of Korea Coast Guard

Along with captain Lee Jun-seok, chief engineer Park Gi-ho and shipmates Kang Won-sik and Kim Young-ho are now facing murder charges for "thinking about their own lives" and "not [exercising] their duty of aid and relief" when their boat, the Sewol, sank in April. (The ferry's 11 other crew members have been charged with various lesser crimes.) Around 300 people, many of them high school students, were killed in the accident. If convicted, Lee, Park, Kang, and Kim could face the death penalty.