South Korean Ferry Captain Taken Into Custody

Apr 18, 2014 3:41 PM

The captain of the sunken ferry in South Korea was taken into custody Friday and is facing five charges, including criminal negligence.

Captain Lee Joon-seok is also charged with abandoning the ship, negligence, causing bodily injury and not seeking rescue from other ships. Lee was not charged with manslaughter.

Lee hesitated a half hour before giving passengers the direction to abandon ship, transcript of a ship-to-shore exchange and interviews with surviving crew members revealed Friday.

The ship was at a disastrous tilt before Lee ordered people to get into lifeboats, and many could not navigate the slant at that point, Oh Yong-seok, a helmsman on the ferry, told The Associated Press.

Lee was one of 179 survivors of Wednesday's sinking. Twenty-eight people are confirmed dead, but the number is expected to spike drastically with 270 still missing.


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