Captain and Two Crew Members Are Arrested in Korean Ferry Sinking
April 18, 2014
As hope dwindled that any of the 236 missing students would be found alive, their high school was stunned Friday by more tragic news: the death of its vice principal in what was suspected to be a suicide.
The vice principal, Kang Min-kyu, 52, of Danwon High School, who survived the ferry accident, was found hanging from a tree near a gymnasium where families of the missing had gathered. The police suspected Mr. Kang had hanged himself.
“It’s too much, being alive alone while more than 200 of my students are missing,” he wrote in a note found in his wallet, according to the police. “Please place all the blame on me because I was in charge of the trip. Please cremate my body and scatter the ashes where the ship sank. Perhaps I should be a teacher for those missing children in the other world.”
(Photo: The Korean ferry’s captain, Lee Jun-seok, was seen being rescued from the sinking vessel on Wednesday. Credit :South Korean Coast Guard, via European Pressphoto Agency)