Investigators: Captain Was Not at Helm of Sunken Ferry
Investigators say the captain of a ferry that capsized off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday was not at the wheel when disaster struck.
Officials said Friday that a junior officer was at the helm when Sewol ferry possibly made a sharp turn and started tilting to the side and sinking.
Coast guard officials say as of midday Friday, 28 people were confirmed dead, although the death toll is expected to rise sharply. Rescuers have fought strong currents and murky waters in their search for 268 people still missing, while 179 passengers have been rescued.
Among the ferry's 475 passengers were 325 students from a high school near Seoul, traveling to a popular resort island for a four-day field trip and sightseeing.
U.S. President Barack Obama has sent his condolences to the families of the victims and said he will pay tribute during a visit to that country next week.
9 Killed in Mount Everest Avalanche
An avalanche on Nepal's Mount Everest has killed at least nine local guides. Several other guides were rescued while others are still missing.
An official with Nepal's Tourism Ministry said all the dead were Sherpa guides working on the mountain in preparation for the start of climbing season.
The official said the avalanche occurred at around 6:30 a.m. ((0100 UTC)) Friday in an area called the "popcorn field."
The major avalanche is the first of the climbing season at the world's highest peak.
Thousands of climbers have scaled the mountain since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay completed the first ascent in 1953. Nearly 250 people have died.