MOKPO, SOUTH KOREA (NBC) - A crew member of the ferry that sank off South Korea's coast said he and his colleagues were "ordered" to abandon ship.
The crew member spoke to journalists after leaving court Thursday as he wore a surgical mask, baseball cap and jacket with a hood.
When asked how members of the crew evacuated the ship, he said "we were ordered to leave." He declined to say who gave them the order.
Members of the crew are believed to have told passengers on the ferry to stay in their cabins.
Most of the 476 people on the ferry when it capsized Wednesday, April 16, and sank were students on a school trip. Only 174 people survived.
More than 170 bodies have been recovered and around 130 people are missing.