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The South Korean President likened the actions of the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry Sewol to murder. Erin Burnett has the latest.
April 21st, 2014
09:46 PM ET

South Korean ferry third mate was steering in tricky waters for the first time

There are new questions about why the captain of the South Korean ferry Sewol was not at the helm as the ship went through the most treacherous part of the trip.

The third mate was at the helm when the ship capsized. According to the New York Times, she's a 26-year old who had no experience navigating a waterway known for its rapid currents.

And it was only by chance that she was in charge - it just happened to be her shift when the ship got in trouble.

Chad Myers reports on why the waterway is so dangerous.

April 21st, 2014
09:17 PM ET

Nigerian officials: Boko Haram militants seized at least 230 girls

Nearly 200 school girls are still being held hostage by the muslim terror group Boko Harem, whose name means "Western education is sinful."

In Nigeria, the mass abduction of schoolgirls isn't shocking

The government is under fire after first saying nearly all the girls were free - then retracting that claim.

Vladimir Duthiers has the latest from Abuja, Nigeria.

April 21st, 2014
08:33 PM ET

South Korean ferry's owner apologizes to victims' families: 'We beg for forgiveness'

The death toll is rising as we learn more about the chaotic moments a ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea.

Officials say at least 104 bodies have now been pulled from the underwater vessel. Most of them teenagers on a class trip.

Should a captain go down with the ship?

Divers who can barely see their own hand in front of their face are now battling strong currents as they make their way in and out of the ship –¬†searching for the remaining 198 passengers.

Back on the surface, radio transcripts are providing a harrowing account of the tragedy that has now resulted in the arrest of 7 crew members, including the captain.

Our Kyung Lah is OutFront, live in Jindo South Korea with the latest.


Filed under: International • News • South Korean ferry sinking
Should a captain go down with the ship?
April 21st, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Should a captain go down with the ship?

It's a tradition that can be traced back to as early as 1852 - captains choosing to stay on their ships until all passengers and crew are safe aboard lifeboats.

Recent maritime disasters, though, make it look like the practice is seemingly being abandoned.

Lee Joon-seok, captain of the Sewol, the South Korean ferry that sunk last week, has come under fire for abandoning the ship while hundreds of passengers remained on board. Dozens of them died and more than 200 were still missing Monday.

South Korea media reports, the ferry captain has been charged with abandoning his boat, negligence, causing bodily injury, not seeking rescue from other ships and violating "seamen's law."

The actions of the South Korea captain have been compared to that of Captain Francesco Schettino, who commanded the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which crashed into a reef of the coast of Italy in 2012, killing 32 people.

Witnesses said Schettino jumped into a life boat to flee the ship while hundreds of passengers remained on board.

Should a captain go down with the ship? Answer our OutFront poll:

April 21st, 2014
02:26 PM ET

Inside manned sub: Sifting through underwater debris

The underwater drone in search of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 wreckage has begun its ninth mission.

So far, the Bluefin-21 has scanned about two-thirds of the intended territory without finding any sign of the missing plane.

Oceanic salvage manager: How we search for Flight 370

If any debris is found, the next step could be a manned mission to sift through potentially hundreds of tons of wreckage on the ocean floor.

CNN's David Mattingly is inside a manned submersible to takes us through the process of cutting through debris to get to an aircraft's black box.

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