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Ferry Now Totally Submerged As 270 Are Still Missing, 28 Confirmed Dead


MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Searchers have now put markers on the surface of the water where the South Korean ferry went down. Part of the ship had remained above the surface until today, but now the entire vessel is submerged.
    
They're continuing the effort to find some 270 people who are missing and feared dead. Twenty-eight others are confirmed dead.
    
South Korea's Defense Ministry says divers have attached underwater air bags to the 6,800-ton ferry to keep it from sinking further.
    
Strong currents and rain have again made the search effort more difficult today. Divers worked in shifts to try to get into the sunken vessel.
    
Three other ships with cranes have arrived at the site to prepare to salvage the ferry. But a coast guard officer says they won't lift the ship before getting approval from family members of those who are believed trapped inside -- because doing so could endanger any possible survivors.

Investigators Probe Crew's Actions, As Well As Alterations Made To The Ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Officials say the investigation into the South Korean ferry disaster is focusing on a sharp turn taken by the ship just before it began listing.

Investigators are also looking at whether more lives could have been saved if the captain had given a quicker order to evacuate.

Prosecutors and police say they've asked a court to issue arrest warrants for the captain and two other crew members. Investigators are trying to find out whether the captain was among the first to leave the vessel.

The investigation will apparently also focus on changes that were made to the ship since it was purchased three years ago. An official says the operator of the ferry added more cabin rooms to three floors of the ship, increasing its weight by 187 tons. The official says the ferry then passed all safety tests, including whether it could stabilize in the event of tilting.

Prosecutors have seized materials and documents from the ship's operator, as well as from six companies that had conducted safety checks, revamped the ship or loaded container boxes.

Vice Principal Found Hanging, Suicide Note Expresses Guilt Over Surviving Ferry Disaster

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - Police in South Korea say the body of a high school vice principal who was rescued from a sinking ferry on Wednesday has been found hanging from a tree -- and that he left a suicide note saying he felt guilty for being alive while more than 200 students were missing.

The body of the vice principal was found on the island of Jindo. It's near the site of the sinking, and it's where survivors have been housed.

He was the leader of a group of 325 students traveling on the ship on a school excursion.

Besides the vice principal, at least 28 people are now confirmed dead from the ferry. About 270 others remain missing, many of them high school students.




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