The 15 crew members of the sunken Sewol-ho ferry were back in court on Tuesday to answer to the charges against them and claimed that it wasn't up to them to save passengers in the sinking ship, but rather the coast guard.
The defense attorneys for the accused, who face charges ranging from homicide to negligence, said that once the coast guard arrived on the scene, the crew's job was done.
The captain of the vessel, Lee Joon-seok, and three of his senior crew, face charges of homicide by willful negligence and are looking at a possible sentence of the death penalty.
Tuesday's court session was the second since the trial opened last week.
Search operations on the sunken ferry continue, with 12 people still unaccounted for and 292 people confirmed dead.
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