South Korea ferry disaster: Captain ‘arrested’

South Korea ferry disaster: Captain ‘arrested’

South Korea ferry disaster: Captain ‘arrested’

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

19 Apr, 2014 | 1:28 am

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized and sank earlier this week has been arrested, Yonhap news agency reports.

The South Korean agency said Lee Joon-seok faced charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.

Yonhap said a local court had issued arrest warrants for him and two other crew members on these charges.

Efforts to find the 268 people still missing have been hampered by low visibility and strong currents.

Twenty-eight people are now known to have died in the disaster, with 179 rescued.

The ferry Sewol was sailing from Incheon, in the north-west, to the southern resort island of Jeju. It capsized and sank within two hours.

Investigations are focusing on the sharp turn the vessel took before it started listing and whether an evacuation order could have saved lives.

SOURCE: BBC

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