Civilian rescue diver dies during ferry search

May 6, 2014

This is the mask Lee had been using, but when he was discovered faced down under water, he had taken it off. (Yonhap)

A civilian diver who is a part of the search-and-rescue team at the scene of the ferry sinking in Korea has died, according to Yonhap.

The diver, a 53-year-old man only identified as Lee, lost consciousness during an 80-foot-deep underwater effort and was taken to a hospital in Mokpo by helicopter around 6:44 a.m. Tuesday morning in Korea.

He did not survive.

Lee was a diver with Undine Marine Industries who specialized in rescue work and engineering.

Divers’ health conditions are now being required to go through a check before diving since the incident, said South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won.