Transcript for South Korea Ferry Captain Under Arrest
California is overdue. David Wright, ABC news, los Angeles. And the hope for finding survivors after the ferry boat sinking is lessening. Gloria Riviera is there for us. Reporter: Head bowed, the captain of that doomed ferry, escorted into court today. As tonight we see the moment he abandoned ship, leaving so many on board. This video shows him toweling off on dry land just after his rescue. Today, he admitted he was not at the ship's controls when the accident happened. He also claimed he told passengers to stay inside, because rescue ships had not arrived. That decision cost so many lives. Now, these two large buoys mark the spot of the deadly disaster. All day, the waters filling with rescuers, 12 miles out to sea. A massive crane arriving, three more on the way. 169 rescue boats on the water and 500 divers, fighting rough seas. Two days after that boat went down, they are now entering the wreck. Through the cargo area. Trying to reach the cafeteria, where many are believed to have been trapped. Rescuers began pumping air into the vessel, in the hopes some people might still be alive. Their families, anxiously huddled together in this makeshift shelter. All these families here, if you can see this, and look right there, they have just set up a 24-hour-a-day vigil, waiting here for any kind of news. They watch the news, charge their phones, desperate for any scrap of information. At the high school, a vigil for the missing. The vice principal in charge of the trip committed suicide today, leaving a handwritten note saying, "It is difficult to live when the lives of 200 are unknown." We are at the staging grounds for search and rescue. Winds making it tough to search.
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