Kang Min-Kyu, the vice principal from Danwan High School, was found hanged on Jindo island, reports Sky News. Kang was supervising the some-300 students and staff from his school who are now missing after their ferry sank in South Korea on the morning of April 16.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Was One of the Few Who Was Rescued
Kang had been rescued from the capsized vessel. He was found hanged on April 18 on the same island were thousands of relatives of the missing have converged. According to reports, Kang died near the gymnasium of the high school were the waiting are being housed. He was hanged from a tree.
2. 247 of Students & Colleagues Remain Missing
The large group from Danwon High School, from Ansan, a city south of Seoul, were headed to the resort island of Jeju. So far, fourteen students and staff from the school have been found dead. Officials say that 247 people from the high school are still missing.
3. His Last Act Was to Apologize
Reports suggest that Kang dropped to his knees to apologize to families the missing students from Danwon High School before leaving to commit suicide.
4. The Ship’s Captain is at the Center of Investigations
Capt. Lee Jun-seok of Sewol reportedly not steering ship when it stopped. He went thru 11hrs of questioning Thu. Reportedly not saying much.
— Scott Thompson (스캇) (@ScottArirangTV) April 18, 2014
Investigators who are looking into South Korea’s worst maritime disaster for over 20 years are focusing on the ship’s captain. It’s reported that Lee Jun-seok, the captain, abandoned ship in violation of seafarer’s law. He’s alleged to have left passengers behind as they were being told to remain where they were. The speculation is that only those who ignored the order, survived.
5. South Korea is in a State of Mourning
South Korea is in a near-complete state of mourning. K-Pop stars have held off on releasing new music while politicians have opted not to campaign during mourning. TV stations have stopped showing entertainment shows while the tragedy unfolds.