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South Korea ferry disaster: Captain says his warnings over ship's poor stability ignored

Published on Apr 30, 2014 11:38 AM
People bow in memory of the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol in central Seoul on April 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - A probe into South Korea's ferry disaster has heard that warnings over the ship's seaworthiness were ignored, prosecutors said on Wednesday, as rescuers worked to recover more than 90 people still missing two weeks after it sank.

The confirmed death toll from the accident stood at 210, with 92 unaccounted for, the coast guard said, with divers pushing deeper into the submerged vessel's interior in their search for bodies.

Prosecutors investigating the disaster on Tuesday questioned the regular captain of the 6,825-tonne Sewol, who was on leave when it capsized on April 16 with 476 people on board - most of them high-school students.

Senior Prosecutor Yang Jong Jin said the captain, identified only with a surname Shin, told investigators that he had warned the shipping company of serious stability problems with the Sewol.

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