Last of Ferry's Steering Crew Arrested in Disaster Probe

Image: Buddhist nuns cry after praying for ferry victims
Buddhist nuns cry after praying for the missing and dead passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol at a port in Jindo on Saturday.KIM KYUNG-HOON / Reuters

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SEOUL, South Korea – All 15 crew members involved in navigation of a South Korean ferry that sank, leaving 302 people dead or missing, are now in custody, a prosecutor investigating the disaster said Saturday.

Prosecutor Yang Jung-jin of the joint investigation team says two helmsmen and two members of the steering crew were detained Saturday. Eleven other crew members, including the captain, were arrested previously.

They are accused of negligence and of failing to help passengers in need as the ferry Sewol sank April 16. The captain initially told passengers to stay in their rooms and took half an hour to issue an evacuation order, by which time the ship was tilting too severely for many people to get out.

Ten days after the sinking, 187 bodies have been recovered and 115 people remain missing.

— The Associated Press