South Korean High School VP Hangs Himself After Being Rescued From Ferry

| by Emily Smith

The vice principal of a South Korean high school committed suicide Friday after he was rescued from the disastrous ferry trip.

Kang Min-gyu had been missing since Thursday. Police began searching for him after he was reported missing by a fellow teacher.

Police found Min-gyu outside the school gym hanging by his belt from a tree. He did not leave a note.

Min-gyu was 52.

Of the 475 passengers aboard the ferry, 29 people including Min-gyu have been confirmed dead and 179 were rescued. Many of the missing students are from the Danwon High School on the outskirts of Seoul, who were on a field trip.

Divers continue to fight strong tides and murky water to find the missing students, though hope of finding them alive is becoming increasingly less likely.

The incident has been called the worst South Korean maritime accident in 21 years.

Sources: Newser, Newsweek