S. Korea ferry captain admits he failed to save passengers


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The captain of the ill-fated South Korean ferry admitted on Tuesday, October 7 that he could have done more to get passengers to safety as the boat started sinking. Testifying for the first time in court, Lee Joon-Seok said he was paralyzed by the shock of the sinking boat but insisted he had never intended to sacrifice the lives of the passengers to save himself. The captain did not issue an abandon ship order, which investigators say kept many of the passengers inside the boat as it listed and capsized. Cargo overloading also caused the boat to tilt to one side when the hull filled with water. Lee insisted that the ferry owners were also to blame for habitually overloading the vessel.

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