South Korean president: Ferry crew actions were 'murderous'

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Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 9:07 AM

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — As divers continue to search the interior of a sunken ferry, the number of confirmed deaths has risen to 86, with about 220 other people still missing. That information comes from the coast guard. It was posted for families of the victims.

About 250 of the dead and missing were students from a single high school near Seoul who were on their way to visit a tourist island.

Today, South Korea's president is accusing the ferry's captain and some crew members of "unforgivable, murderous behavior." She says the captain "told the passengers to stay put" while crew members "became the first to escape."

The captain initially told passengers to stay in their rooms, and waited more than a half hour to issue an evacuation order as the ship listed and sank. By then, the ship had tilted so much, it's believed that many passengers were trapped inside.

The captain and two crew members have been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Prosecutors said today that four other crew members have been detained.

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021-c-10-(Foster Klug (kloog), AP correspondent)-"whom eventually died"-AP correspondent Foster Klug reports the president of South Korea accuses the captain and some of the crew members of the sunken ferry of "unforgivable, murderous acts." (21 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO SEL103: The body of a passenger aboard the Sewol ferry which sank in the water off the southern coast, is carried by rescue workers upon its arrival at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Monday, April 21, 2014. Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside the sunken South Korean ferry Monday, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The transcript suggests that the chaos may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (21 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO SEL114: South Korean rescuers search for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Monday, April 21, 2014. Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside the sunken South Korean ferry Monday, securing a new entryway into the wreck, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The transcript suggests that the chaos may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (21 Apr 2014)

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