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Ferry Crash

The vice principal of the high school where many of the students aboard the sinking ferry near South Korea attended has been found dead.

Police say it looks like he took his own life.
He was one of the first people to have been rescued off the sinking vessel.
The captain of that ferry boat has been arrested and formally charged.
He could face life in prison.
He told investigators  he ordered passengers not to move - because rescue ships had not yet

That's coming from South Korean media reports.

 29 people have died and 268 people are still missing, many of them high schools students.

The captain - of that sunken ferry boat off South Korea-Charged and in police custody...
Shown here - after making his way to safety-Wrapping himself in a blanket - as hundreds of people were still scrambling to survive.

Desperately trying to climb to safety using anything they could find ignoring what they say were initial orders from the captain and crew not to move....

Investigators claim  after the first distress calls went out from the ferry saying,  "our ship is in danger." and "can't move, please come."  it too the captain 30 minutes to finally issue an evacuation order.

"The captain made the order" this crew member says, "but I do not know if it was properly communicated."
Many passengers saying - they never heard that order.

With nearly 300 people - mostly high school students -- still missing-
The search and rescue effort continues today.

U.S. Navy Divers making it into the sunken vessel for the first time to the submerged cafeteriawhere it's believed so many were trapped.

Finding  several bodies huddled together and pumping compressed oxygen into the ship in case any survivors are dow there in an air pocket.

Jen Psaki of State Department:  "So we are assisting, and we're ready to provide further assistance as needed."

Another agonizing day for families -

And classmates - of the hundreds of high school students who were on-board
For a class trip

The grief - so overwhelming for the school's vice principal-
He took his own life.

"But investigators remain focused on the captain - saying along with his delayed evacuation order and being among the first to leave the ship- he wasn't in the steering room when the boat started sinking - instead they say he'd left an inexperienced 3rd mate in charge."

Marci gonzalez ABC News New York