The vessels' captain, Lee Joon Suk, and crew members have been arrested. He too is self-guilt ridden having left the stricken vessel early. Traditionally the captain is the last person on board to leave a stricken ship.
The first-mate who was steering the ferry at the time of the accident was a novice to the waters. It was his first time navigating the ferry in the area.
According to the Daily Mirror live blog the captain explaining his hesitancy in ordering abandon ship and starting those procedures said: "I gave instructions regarding the route, then I briefly went to the bedroom and then it happened. “At the time, the current was very strong, temperature of the ocean water was cold, and I thought that if people left the ferry without (proper) judgement, if they were not wearing a life jacket, and even if they were, they would drift away and face many other difficulties. "The rescue boats had not arrived yet, nor were there any civilian fishing ships or other boats nearby at that time. There was a mistake on my behalf as well but the steering (gear of the ship) turned further than it was supposed to."
Saturday relatives of the missing have volunteered to give D.N.A. samples in order to identify the dead on board the stricken ferry, when the bodies are reached.
Hopes of finding any more survivors are fading.
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