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Order to leave too late, crewman on ferry says

Posted: April 18, 2014 at 3:22 a.m.

South Korean divers fight strong currents Thursday as they attempt to get inside the capsized ferry off southern South Korea to search for survivors.

The captain of a doomed ferry delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, according to a transcript of the ship-toshore exchange and interviews with a crew member.

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A relative of a missing ferry passenger is overcome by emotion Thursday as she and others wait for news about their loved one... (By: AHN YOUNG-JOON) (Credit: AP)

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