Written by Staff Writer
06 May, 2014 | 8:39 am
A diver searching the sunken South Korean ferry, Sewol died Tuesday, according to South Korea’s Government Rescue Headquarters.
“A civilian diver, Lee, lost the communication line at 25 meters under the sea five minutes into his first dive,” spokesman Koh Myung-suk said.
“By the time his colleagues went to save him, Lee was unconscious and unable to breathe by himself,” Koh said.
Lee, whose full name was not provided, was helicoptered to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, the spokesman added.
Park In-ho, head of the hospital where Lee died, said the diver’s blood was tested and appeared normal except for high potassium. His chest X-ray also showed no sign of irregularity.
Not including the diver, the death toll in the ferry disaster has risen to 263, with 39 people still missing, the government reported.
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