SEOUL, April 19 The captain of a South Korean
ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others
missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news
Yonhap said Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, faced five charges
including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.
Investigators had said earlier that Lee was not on the
bridge at the time the Sewol ferry started to list sharply on
Wednesday, with a junior officer at the wheel. Arrest warrants
were issued on Friday for Lee, the officer at the wheel and one
other crew member for failing in their duty to aid passengers.
The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who
accompanied hundreds of pupils on the ferry has committed
suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of
the 274 missing alive.
The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on
Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern
holiday island of Jeju.
(Editing by Mark Heinrich)