April 22nd, 2014
09:59 PM ET

Inside ship simulator: What should happen in an emergency

Questions loom about the conduct of the crew of the doomed South Korean ferry - like why they ordered the passengers to put on their life vests and stay put, instead of abandoning ship.

First distress call on S. Korean ferry from passenger, not crew, coast guard says

It's an order that may have cost nearly 300 people their lives.

Rosa Flores is inside a ferry simulator to demonstrate what should happen in an emergency.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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April 18th, 2014
09:27 PM ET

Did major renovations contribute to ferry's capsizing?

What caused the South Korean ferry to sink?

That's the question authorities are trying to answer. One contributing factor could involve the ship's weight.

According to one report today, major renovations were made to the ferry recently - adding more rooms and increasing its weight by over 180 tons.

CNN's Tom Foreman has more on the renovations and whether it could have been a contributing factor to the shipwreck.

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