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Lee Joon-Seok, captain of South Korean ferry "Sewol" which sank at sea off Jindo, walks out of court after an investigation in Mokpo April 19, 2014. REUTERS/Yonhap

Captain of ill-fated Korean ferry praised safety in promotional video

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JINDO, South Korea - The captain of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southwestern tip with hundreds feared dead said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey was safe - as long as passengers followed the instructions of the crew.

The irony is the crew ordered the passengers, mostly high school children, to stay put in their cabins as the ferry sank last Wednesday. As is customary in hierarchical Korean society, the orders were not questioned.

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