Vice-Principal Rescued From Sinking Ferry Commits Suicide By Hanging Himself On A Tree

The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who was rescued from the South Korean sinking ferry, Sewol, full of his students was found hanged to death on Friday.

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The Vice-Principal's Suicide Note Says He Felt Responsible For Putting The Students At Risk

This video-capture image from the Mokpo coast guard shows passengers being rescued by South Korean coast guard.

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According to the Wall Street Journal reports, South Korean police said vice principal Kang Min-gyu left a suicide note saying he felt responsible for putting the students at risk.

Kang Min-gyu, vice principal of the high school attended by the 325 students on board, was found hanged near the gymnasium on Jindo island where family members of the victims have gathered. Police said Mr. Kang left a note behind that read:

"Please hold me responsible for all of this. I pushed for the school excursion. Cremate my body and spread my ashes over the ship sinking site. I may become a teacher again in the afterlife for the students whose bodies have yet to be found."

The Vice-Principal Of The Danwon High School, Where Over 300 Of Its Students Were On Board The Sunken South Korea Ferry, Has Been Found Hanged

Rescue ships take part in a rescue operation around the Sewol passenger ship, which sank in the sea off Jindo

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The vice principal rescued from the doomed South Korean ferry has been found hanged, Korean police said Friday. Out of the ferry's 475 passengers, 325 had been second year high school students from Danwon High School in Ansan, about 20 miles south of Seoul. They were on a four-day trip to the island of Jeju, a popular South Korean tourist destination.

Police Said The Vice-Principal Did Not Leave A Suicide Note And That They Started Looking For Him After He Was Reported Missing By A Fellow-Teacher

Relatives wait for their missing loved ones at a port in Jindo, South Korea

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A police officer says the vice principal was found dead on the island of Jindo where rescued passengers have taken shelter.

The 52-year-old Kang Min-gyu had been missing since Thursday. The news of the death came on Friday as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of people still missing from the ferry, which capsized with over 470 people on board off South Korea’s southwestern coast.

According To A Statement By Lee Seong-Hoon, Chief Of Criminal Investigation At Jindo Police:

Chief of criminal investigation at Jindo Police, Lee Seong-hoon

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"He was found dead by our police patrolling around, appeared to have hanged himself with his belt from a pine tree in the hill near the playground (of the Jindo Gymnasium)."

Of The 475 Passengers And Crew On The Ferry, 28 People Had Officially Been Declared Dead Before The Vice-Principal's Suicide And 179 Were Rescued

Civilian divers jump into the sea to search for missing passengers in the sinking of the ferry Sewol off South Korea's southwestern coast

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The overwhelming majority of the missing are students from the Danwon High School on the outskirts of Seoul, who were on a holiday trip. Divers are fighting strong tides and murky waters to get to the sunken ship but the likelihood of finding any of the missing alive is slim.

At The High School In Ansan, Many Friends And Family Of The Missing Gathered In Somber Silence, With Occasional Sounds Of Sobbing Breaking The Silence

Students left messages for missing classmates at Danwon High School

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"When I first received the call telling me the news, at that time I still had hope," said Cho Kyung-mi, who was waiting for news of her missing 16 year-old nephew at the school. "And now it's all gone."

In the classrooms of the missing, fellow students have left messages on desks, blackboards and windows, asking for the safe return of their missing friends. "If I see you again, I'll tell you I love you, because I haven't said it to you enough," reads one message.

The Incident Is South Korea's Worst Maritime Accident In 21 Years Based On Possible Casualties. Read About The Accident And On-Going Rescue Operation Here.

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