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Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2014 9:20AM

Captain, Crew of Sunken South Korean Ferry Charged with Murder



JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- South Korea’s largest news service reports Thursday that the captain of the sunken ferry that claimed at least 281 lives will be tried for murder along with three of his crew members.

Yonhap said that prosecutors are alleging Captain Lee Joon-seok, his chief engineer and first and second mates told the passengers of the sinking Sewol last month to stay put before all four safely abandoned the ship.

Lee and his crew were among the first to be rescued. The ferry was carrying 476 passengers, most of them high school students on a field trip.

The Coast Guard managed to save 176 people before the ferry went down.  Meanwhile, the search is continuing for 23 passengers still listed as missing.

If found guilty, the captain and his three crew members could get life in prison.


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