Captain’s rescue video outraged South Koreans


The South Korean Coast Guard on Monday released footage of captain Lee Joon-seok fleeing the passenger ferry Sewol as it sank in coastal waters off Jindo Island on 16 April.

In the video Lee, wearing only a sweater and underpants, can be seen leaping from the sinking ferry, which is tilted about 45 degrees, onto a rescue boat.

According to Kim Kyung-il, a coast guard official, the ship’s crew members did not tell rescuers that they were crew members.

“Regardless of which part of the ship the people may have come from, they all wore life vests, so we could not tell if a person was crew or a passenger,” Kim told journalists gathered in Jindo port.

Divers on Monday renewed their search for more than 100 bodies still trapped in a sunken ferry after weekend efforts were hindered by bad weather, strong currents and floating debris clogging the ship’s rooms.

The number of dead from the disaster on 16 April is 188, with 114 people believed missing, though a government emergency task force has said the ship’s passengers list could be inaccurate.

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