South Korean rescue members carry the body of a victim recovered from the "Sewol" ferry from a Korea Coast Guard ship (L) at a harbour in Jindo on April 22, 2014.(AFP/JUNG YEON-JE)
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The first distress call from a sinking South korean ferry was made by a boy with a shaking voice to a fire station, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn.Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing.The captain of the ship, Lee Joon-seok, 69, and other crew members have been arrested on negligence charges.ONLY OBEYING ORDERS Several crew members, including the captain, left the ferry as it was sinking, witnesses have said, after passengers were told to stay in their cabins. Public broadcaster KBS, quoting transcripts of the conversation between the crew and sea traffic control, the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Centre, said the passengers were told repeatedly to stay put.For half an hour, the crew on the third deck kept asking the bridge by walkie-talkie whether or not they should make the order to abandon ship, KBS said. Lee was not on the bridge when the ship turned.
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