Inexperienced 25-year-old third mate was steering South Korean ferry at time of disaster

Lee Joon-Seok (centre), captain of the South Korean ferry capsized at sea off Jindo, and two of his crew. The 25-year-old third mate steering the ferry at the time of a major accident was navigating those waters for the first time, a prosecutor said

A prosecutor says that the third mate steering a South Korean ferry at the time of a major accident was navigating those waters for the first time.

Senior prosecutor Yang Jung-jin told reporters that the 25-year-old mate was steering the ship as it passed through an area with lots of islands clustered close together and fast currents.

The ferry sank Wednesday. The number of those confirmed has risen to 56 dead with 246 still listed as missing. Many of the dead are schoolchildren who were on a school trip…

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