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Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) - A coast guard official in South Korea says investigators are looking into whether the captain of the sunken ferry got on the first rescue boat at the scene.

The captain was among the crew members who survived the sinking, which may have killed nearly 300 people.

A crew member says as the ship started to list, there was no immediate order for passengers to evacuate, because officers were still trying to stabilize the vessel.

Twenty people, including a female crew member, are confirmed dead, but the number is expected to go much higher. There are fears that more than 270 missing passengers, including many high school students, are dead. Coast Guard officials put the number of survivors at 179, from among the 475 people on board.

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