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Captain of Ferry That Capsized Off South Korea ‘Really Sorry’

Coast guard members search for passengers near a South Korean ferry that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon on April 16, 2014.
Coast guard members search for passengers near a South Korean ferry that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon on April 16, 2014. Dong-A Ilbo—AFP/Getty Images

Lee Joon-seok apologizes to survivors and relatives after the Sewol capsized off South Korea Wednesday, leaving at least 14 dead and more than 280 unaccounted for. Divers are still searching for survivors that may be trapped inside the vessel

The captain of a ferry that capsized Wednesday off the southern South Korean coast apologized Thursday for his role in the incident that left at least 14 dead and 282 missing.

“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.

[ABC News]

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