Sewol ferry captain Lee Joon-seok (in green, wearing glasses) sits with crew members at the start of the verdict proceedings in a court room in Gwangju today. Photograph: Reuters

The ferry captain who abandoned hundreds of schoolchildren when the Sewol capsized and sank off the coast of South Korea in April has been given 36 ye(...)

A file image from April showing rescue operations  underway after the ferry Sewol sank in waters off Jindo Island, in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea. Photograph: EPA

South Korean prosecutors today sought the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, leaving 304 people, most of them school chi(...)

Family members of passengers on   the sunken Sewol ferry struggle with a security officer  at the  trial of  ferry crew members at Gwangju District Court, Gwangju, South Korea, today. Photograph: Ahn Young-joon/Reuters

Fifteen crew of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, mostly children, went on trial today on charges ranging from neg(...)

A handout image released by the South Korean Coast Guard today  – taken from cellphone video footage by a Coast Guard officer on April 16th – shows Lee Joon-seok (right), the captain of the Sewol, fleeing from the sinking ferry near Jindo island, South Korea. Photograph: EPA/South Korea Coast Guard

Prosecutors investigating South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in four decades said the captain of the ‘Sewol’ ferry and two crew members are (...)

A priest comforts a relative of a missing passenger from the sunken ferry ‘Sewol’ yesterday in Jindo harbor, South Korea. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

The death toll from the South Korean ferry Sewol which capsized last week has reached 113, as divers recovered more bodies from the decks of the f(...)

A South Korean navy team conduct a search operation for missing people at the site of the sunken Sewol ferry, about 20km off Jindo island yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

South Korean president Park Geun-hye has likened the actions of some crew of the sunken (...)

The South Korean coast guard carry a victim of the sunken ferry at the site of the ferry off the coast of Jindo Island today. At least forty six people are reported dead, with 256 still missing. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking has soared to 58 after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel. The new(...)

Friends, relatives and neighbors gather for a candlelight vigil at Danwon High School. The woman’s sign reads ‘Sons and daughters! Please come back. Be strong and we are sorry.’ Photograph: Shannon Jensen/Getty Images

A 26-year-old third mate was steering a South Korean ferry through a notoriously treacherous waterway for the first time when it tilted and san(...)

Lee Joon-seok, captain of the South Korean ferry Sewol which capsized on Wednesday, arrives at a court in Mokpo, South Korea last night. Photograph:  Yonhap/Reuters

The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank two days ago, killing 28 people and leaving more than 270 missing, has been arrested, according to(...)

Divers enter the water as part of the rescue operation. Nearly 300 people are still missing and at least 25 confirmed dead after a passenger ferry carrying hundreds of teenagers sank off the southern coast of South Korea on Wednesday. Photograph:  Kim Chul-Soo/EPA

The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank two days(...)