outbrain
Close  

4 more crew detained over S. Korea ferry disaster

/ 01:49 PM April 21, 2014

South Korea Coast Guard members transfer the bodies of passengers from the sunken South Korean ferry ‘Sewol’, to a ship at sea off Jindo on April 20, 2014. Divers began retrieving bodies on April 20 from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace of the rescue efforts scuffled with police. AFP

SEOUL – South Korean prosecutors Monday detained four more crew members in a widening investigation into a ferry disaster that left hundreds missing, presumed dead, local media reported.

Yonhap news agency cited prosecutors as saying three officers and one engineer from the capsized ferry Sewol had been taken into police custody, following the arrest at the weekend of the captain and two other crew members.

ADVERTISEMENT

The 6,825-ton ship sank off the southwest coast on Wednesday with 476 people on board — mostly high school students on a holiday trip.

Captain Lee Joon-Seok was arrested on Saturday along with a helmsman and the ship’s relatively inexperienced third officer, who was in charge of the bridge when the ship first ran into trouble.

FEATURED STORIES

They were charged on counts ranging from criminal negligence to violation of maritime law.

The four detained Monday could face similar charges, the prosecutors told Yonhap.

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Accidents, Maritime Accidents, Sewol, South korea
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.