Missing South Korean vice principal commits suicide

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JINDO, SOUTH KOREA – Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse in the South Korean ferry disaster. They have.

A vice principal accompanying the students on board the ill-fated boat has committed suicide. He hung himself from a tree with a belt.

But police say there was no suicide note.

The captain– one of the first people off the ferry– has been charged with five criminal violations and is now in custody.

Rescuers continue efforts to determine if anyone is still alive, perhaps inside air pockets on the sunken vessel.

With at least 29 people dead and 247 still missing, hope is slowly beginning to fade.

The families of the missing passengers can only pray for a happy ending .