SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A diver has died during the search for people still missing inside a sunken South Korean ferry.
It’s the second such death among divers mobilized since the ferry sank on April 16, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing.
Government task force spokesman Ko Myung-seok says the diver fell unconscious when he was pulled to the surface by fellow divers Friday.
The diver received CPR and was taken to a hospital on a helicopter but was declared dead there. The exact cause wasn’t known.
Ko says the diver was cutting open parts of the ship exterior to make searches easier.
Since the sinking, 288 bodies have been recovered but 16 people are still missing. No new body has been retrieved since May 21.