principal rescued from sinking ship hangs himself
South Korean navy personnel try to install buoys to mark the sunken passenger ship Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and michael kors bags feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
SEOUL Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.
A police officer says the vice principal, identified as Kang Min kyu, was found dead on the island of Jindo, where rescued passengers have taken shelter.
The officer spoke on condition of anonymity citing department rules. He didn’t elaborate. The ferry s michael kors bags ank Wednesday.
PROBE FOCUSES ON SHARP TURN, CAPTAIN
Meanwhile, the investigation into the South Korean ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing, and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday.
Prosecutors and police also said Friday they have asked a court to issue arrest warrants for the captain and two other crew members.
Besides the teacher, at least 28 people are now confirmed dead from the ferry, the Sewol, which sank Wednesday. Officials said there were 174 survivors and about 270 people remain missing, many of them high school students. With the c michael kors bags hances of survival becoming slimmer by the hour, it was shaping up to be one of South Korea’s worst disasters, made all the more heartbreaking by the likely loss of so many young people, aged 16 or 17.
The ship had left the northwestern port of Incheon on Tuesday on an overnight journey to the holiday island of Jeju in the south with 476 people aboard. Soon, only its dark blue keel jutted out over the surface.
By late Friday, even that had disappeared, and rescuers floated two giant beige buoys to mark the area. Navy divers attached underwater air bags to the 6,852 ton ferry to prevent it from sinking further, the Defence Ministry said.
Coast guard officials said divers began pumping air into the ship in an attempt to sustain any survivors.
ANGERED RELATIVES WAIT ON SHORE
On Jindo’s shore, angry and bewildered relatives watched the rescue attempts. Some held a Buddhist prayer ritual, crying and praying for their relatives’ safe return.
“I want to jump into the water with them,” said Park Geum san, 59, the great aunt of a missing student, Park Ye ji. “My loved one is under the water and it’s raining. Anger is not enough.”
South Korean officials offered some information about what may have led to the sinking. They said the accident happened at a point where the ferry had to make a turn. Prosecutor Park Jae eok said investigators were looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn that was so sharp it caused the ship to list.
Another angle being probed is the role of the captain, 68 year old Lee Joon seok.
CAPTAIN WAS NOT ON THE BRIDGE
Yang Jung jin, a senior prosecutor, said the captain was not present on the bridge when the ship was passing through an area with many islands clustered close together, something he said is required by law so the captain can help a mate make a turn. The captain also abandoned people in need of help and rescue, he said.
“The captain escaped before the passengers,” Yang said.
Two crew members on the bridge of the ferry a 25 year old female mate and a 55 year old helmsman also failed to reduce speed in the waters near the islands and conducted a sharp turn, Yang said. They also did not carry out necessary measures to save lives, he said.
A transcript of a ship to shore radio exchange and interviews by The Associate michael kors bags d Press showed the captain delayed the evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official told the ship it might have to evacuate.
The Jeju VTS officer responds: “OK. Any loss of human life or injuries?” The ship’s answer is: “It’s impossible to check right now. The body of the ship has tilted, and it’s impossible to move.”