Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested after joint investigation
Coast Guard and Navy divers search for the missing passengers from a capsized ferry at sea some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong on April 17, 2014 [AFP]

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago, leaving 28 people confirmed dead and 268 missing, was arrested early Saturday, Yonhap news agency reported.


Lee Joon-Seok faces five charges, including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law, the agency said.

A joint investigation team of police and prosecutors on Friday had sought arrest warrants for Lee, 52, and two of his crew without specifying charges, the coastguard had said.

Yonhap Saturday said a local court in Mokpo had issued warrants for him and two other crew members, citing the possibility that they may flee or destroy evidence.

Earlier, prosecutors said Lee had handed the helm to his third officer before the ferry capsized.

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