Off-duty captain says he warned that the ferry had stability risks

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Posted on April 30, 2014 at 7:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 7:33 AM

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors in South Korea say a ferry captain told investigators that the owners of a sunken ferry had ignored his warning that the ship shouldn't carry too much cargo because it wasn't very stable.

The captain wasn't on board the ship on the day of the sinking, because he was on vacation. Instead, the ferry was piloted by a substitute captain, who's now been detained along with 14 other crew members.

A stability test report in January showed that the ferry became top-heavy and less stable after a modification more than a year ago that involved adding more cabins in some of the ship's floors.

Divers have recovered 212 bodies from the wreckage. They again fought strong currents and floating debris inside the ship today as they searched for 90 passengers still missing.

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APPHOTO SEL803: A relative, center, of a passenger aboard the sunken Sewol ferry is consoled by police officers as she awaits news on her missing loved one at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Two weeks after the ferry sank off South Korea's southern cost, divers have recovered over 200 bodies from the wreckage, but they fought strong currents and floating debris inside the ship Wednesday as they searched for 90 passengers still missing. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT (30 Apr 2014)

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