In a handout photo taken and released by the South Korean Coast Guard on April 18, 2014, South Korean divers prepare to search for passengers aboard a capsized ferry at sea off Jindo. AFP PHOTO / South Korea Coast Guard
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Investigators sought arrest warrants Friday for the captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized two days ago, as divers overcame strong currents and near zero visibility to enter the submerged vessel for the first time.The coastguard said a joint investigation team of police and prosecutors had applied for arrest warrants for the ferry's captain, Lee Joon-Seok, 52, and two of his crew.Earlier, prosecutors said Lee had handed the helm to his third officer before the ferry capsized.The breakthrough by dive teams in finally accessing the ship came more than 48 hours after the 6,825-tonne Sewol went down -- a delay that has incensed the relatives of those still unaccounted for.Three giant, floating cranes reached the rescue site, but regional coastguard commander Kim Soo-Hyun stressed they would not begin lifting the multi-deck ferry until they were sure there were no survivors inside.The captain had apologised Thursday to the victims and their relatives, but offered no clear explanation for what caused the Sewol to capsize.
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