Members from the South Korean Navy's SSU (Ship Salvage Unit) work on a buoy to mark the capsized passenger ship "Sewol" during a rescue operation at the sea off Jindo April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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The vice principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized committed suicide, police said Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 274 missing alive.Twenty-eight people had been officially declared dead before Kang's suicide.Investigations into the sinking, South Korea's worst maritime accident in 21 years based on possible casualties, have centered on possible crew negligence, problems with cargo stowage and structural defects of the vessel, although the ship appears to have passed all of its safety and insurance checks.The ship's 69-year-old captain has also come under scrutiny after witnesses said he was among the first to escape the sinking vessel that was on a 400-km voyage to Jeju. Divers were able to gain access to the cargo deck of the ferry Friday, although that was not close to the passenger quarters, according to a coastguard official.Lee has not commented on when he left the ship, although he has apologized for the loss of life.Some media reports have said the vessel turned sharply, which caused cargo to shift and the ship to list before capsizing.
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