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Vice principal found hanging, suicide note expresses guilt over surviving ferry disaster

Friday - 4/18/2014, 10:10am  ET

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Police in South Korea say the body of a high school vice principal who was rescued from a sinking ferry on Wednesday has been found hanging from a tree -- and that he left a suicide note saying he felt guilty for being alive while more than 200 students were missing.

The body of the vice principal was found on the island of Jindo. It's near the site of the sinking, and it's where survivors have been housed.

He was the leader of a group of 325 students traveling on the ship on a school excursion.

Besides the vice principal, at least 28 people are now confirmed dead from the ferry. About 270 others remain missing, many of them high school students.

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125-c-11-(Hyung-jin Kim (hyuhng-jihn kihm), AP correspondent)-"inside the ship"-AP correspondent Hyung-jin Kim reports the man found hanging may have been despondent over the deadly sinking of the ferry. (18 Apr 2014)

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APPHOTO SEL816: South Korean Navy personnel try to search missing passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Investigations into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT (18 Apr 2014)

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