South Korean police continue search for sunken ferry owner

By Melissa Barclay,

Authorities in South Korea continue to search for the owner of the ferry that crashed on April 16, which resulted in the deaths of over 300 people.

The Evangelical Baptist Church in Seoul was stormed in the hunt because owner Yoo Byung-eun regularly is known to attend service there, the Associated Press reported.

Unfortunately, the church members were not so willing to give away Byung-eun’s location. “We’ll protect Yoo Byung-eun even if 100,000 church members are all arrested,” read a banner held by churchgoers.

Four members of the church were taken into custody for providing shelter to Yoo and aiding in his escape.

According to BBC News, the ferry was mostly carrying school students when it crashed after the captain left unqualified crew members in control.

The ferry’s crew have received backlash, and some were arrested when they told passengers to stay put even when the captain, Lee Joon-seok abandoned ship and were instructed by emergency services.

According to The Washington Post, photos of the captain emerged showing him leaving the vessel.

Police are offering a $500,000 reward for tips about Yoo.

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