'Deeply Ashamed' Ferry Captain Among First to Abandon Ship


The coast guard said it found three more bodies in the sea this morning, pushing the death toll to 10. The dead include a female crew member in her 20s, five high school students and two teachers. Dozens were injured. Coast guard officials put the number of survivors early today at 179.

One of the youngest survivors -- Kwon Ji-yeon, 6 -- lay in a hospital bed, tears welling in her eyes after the rescue. Machines around her beeped and buzzed. Tubes pumped oxygen into her nose.

Her parents and brother are missing.

Someone rescued Kwon from the sinking ferry, grabbing her as the ship's hallways filled with water. Her lifejacket was so big, it covered her entire head.

Authorities used social media to track down her uncle. She later nibbled on a chocolate bar, a cast snaked around her wrist, the machines continuing to beep and buzz.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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