Ferry captain arrested in South Korea disaster

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A government office said the passenger ship carrying about 470 people have sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began tittering to one side. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT
South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (AP Photo/Yonhap)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A prosecutor says the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested.

Senior prosecutor Yang Jung-jin says 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok and the crew members were detained early Saturday.

The ship, the Sewol, sank Wednesday, leaving hundreds missing and feared dead.

The investigation into the disaster has focused on the ferry’s sharp turn before it started listing, and on whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives. Investigators also were determining whether the captain had abandoned the ship.

Rescuers are searching for about 270 people still missing and feared dead.

At least 28 bodies have been recovered. Officials said there were 179 survivors and about 270 people remain missing, many of them high school students.

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