“I am really sorry and deeply ashamed,” Captain Lee Joon-seok said during a coast guard investigative interview that appeared on South Korean television Thursday, ABC News reports. “I don’t know what to say.”
Lee, who was reportedly one of the first people to evacuate the sinking ferry, faces possible criminal charges over the incident.
Fourteen people have been found dead while another 179 have been rescued from the vessel. Another 282 passengers — many of them students on a high school trip — are still missing, Reuters reports.
Divers are still searching for survivors as some hope that still-missing passengers may be alive in air-filled pockets inside the vessel.