Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts




 
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Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts
 
April 20th, 2014  
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Prosecutors extend Korea ferry captain's detention as death toll mounts
By Ju-min Park and Jungmin Jang JINDO/MOKPO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship's captain and two other crew by 10 days as they tried to determine the cause of an accident that may claim more than 300 lives. Out of the 476 passengers and crew, 339 were pupils or teachers from a high school in Ansan, a commuter city outside Seoul. Divers gained access to the passenger quarters of the sunken vessel overnight for the first time and by midday on Sunday the total of confirmed deaths to had risen to 50, with 252 passengers, most of them children, still missing. The 20-year old ferry took more than two hours to sink but passengers were ordered to stay put in their cabins.




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