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Man Rescued From Sunken South Korean Ferry Hangs Himself; Captain Faces Arrest

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

The tragedy in Mokpo, South Korea, where a ferry carrying 475 people, including more than 300 high-school students, capsized on Wednesday, is ongoing. While searchers try to reach the nearly 300 people still missing, a vice-principal who escaped is dead in an apparent suicide, found hanging from a tree near the makeshift camp for the families of victims. Kang Min Kyu, 52, was one of the first people pulled from the ship after what was reportedly a botched evacuation and rescue

Meanwhile, South Korean prosecutors have announced arrest warrants for the the captain, Lee Joon Suk, and two additional crew members. “It is not clear where [the captain] was when the accident occurred, although it is clear that he was not in the steering room before the actual accident happened,” state prosecutor Jae-Eok Park said Friday.

At least 28 people have been confirmed dead so far; 179 were rescued, including the captain. “I am really sorry and deeply ashamed,” he said in a brief television appearance, his face covered. “I don’t know what to say.”

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