Kang Min-Kyu, 52, who is believed to have hanged himself in shame after surviving the ferry disaster – more than 300 teachers and students were on board. (Daily Mail)
The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 274 missing alive.
The Sewol, carrying 476 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju.
Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday. He appeared to have hanged himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym in the port city of Jindo where relatives of the people missing on the ship, mostly children from the school, were gathered.
Police said Kang did not leave a suicide note and that they had started looking for him after he was reported missing by a fellow teacher. He was rescued from the ferry after it capsized.
The captain of the ferry that capsized on Wednesday is accused of abandoning ship.
Captain Lee Joon-seok was one of the first to jump to safety after the vessel began sinking.