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Arrest warrant requested for South Korean ferry boat captain

SOUTH KOREA  --  South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant for the captain of the ferry that sank, leaving hundreds of high school students missing.

Investigators say evacuations did not get underway until 30 minutes after the distress call went out.
And the captain had left the bridge just before the boat capsized with an inexperienced third mate at the helm.

At least 28 people are dead and nearly 270 are still missing.
ABC's Marci Gonzalez has the latest on the search and rescue operation underway.

Today  more sadness and frustration for families  holding on to hope that some of the nearly 300 people still missing could be alive in the sunken South Korean ferry boat.
 
"It's heartbreaking if I think about how cold she must be in the water. I pray to God that she is still alive."

This woman says about her missing niece.
This morning, a pair of Navy divers made it into the ship for the first time to the submerged cafeteria where it's believed so many were trapped.

Finding - several bodies huddled together, pumping compressed oxygen into the ship in the desperate hope there could still be someone down there in an air pocket who needs it  Survivors, they
possibly didn't see.

Most of the people killed  and those who managed to scramble to safety walking on walls of the tilting ship, using a firehouse as a lifeline were high school students.

The vice-principal who planned this trip writing about his extreme guilt  before taking his own life.
Asking that his ashes be scattered here at the scene where investigators are now *starting to key in on what went wrong saying when the vessel started to tilt.  The captain shown here wasn't even in the steering room. Instead they claim he put his inexperienced 3rd mate in charge.

And we learned today - that after the first distress calls went out from the ferry saying, "Our ship is in danger." and "Can't move, please come."  Investigators claim  it took the captain 30 minutes to issue an evacuation order.

And even then, the message may not have gotten to passengers who say they were told to stay in their rooms.

Prosecutors say the captain and at least two crew members will be charged.