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The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank has been arrested

A news agency in South Korea reports that the 68-year-old faces five charges, including negligence of duty.

Relatives of the missing children watch a tv news programme about the ferry sinking
Relatives of the missing children watch a tv news programme about the ferry sinking
Image: Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo

THE CAPTAIN OF the South Korean ferry which sank leaving hundreds of school students missing, feared dead, has been arrested, according to a news agency in South Korea.

Yonhap news agency said Lee Joon-seok was put behind bars this evening after a local court issued arrest warrants for him and two other crewmembers.

The agency said the 68-year-old faces five charges, including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.

South Korea Ship Sinking The South Korean Coast Guard searches for missing passengers today. Source: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

Investigators confirmed today that the captain was not at the helm of the vessel when it capsized.

A total of 28 people are confirmed dead after the 6,825-tonne Sewol ferry listed and sank on Wednesday morning but 268 people remain unaccounted for.

The vast majority of the missing people are secondary school students who were on an outing to a nearby island.

More on this to follow

South Korea Ship Sinking A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry cries waiting for news. Source: Ahn Young-joon/AP Photo

Read: Vice principal who was rescued from sinking ferry dies in apparent suicide > 

Read: ‘Mom, I love you’: The heartwrenching text messages sent from South Korea’s sinking ferry > 

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