Diver dies while attempting to evacuate lion air crash victims

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A diver died during an operation to evacuate victims of the crashed Lion Air flight JT-610 in the Karawang waters, West Java, on Friday.

The diver, identified as Syachrul Anto, died due to decompression, Commander of the Search and Rescue Task Force Colonel Isswarto stated here on Saturday.

"He dove longer than he had to. According to the schedule, divers had to come up at 4 p.m. WIB (Western Indonesia Standard Time), but he did it 30 minutes later," he revealed.

The body of the ill-fated diver has been handed to his family.

Spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Yusuf Latief confirmed Antos death but stopped short of revealing the cause of the divers death.

"There will be more valid information about this. Let us wait for it," he noted.

According to media information, Anto was rushed to the Koja Regional General Hospital in North Jakarta at 10:10 p.m. local time in an unconscious state without any response and heartbeat.

The on-duty doctor at the hospital pronounced Anto dead at 10:30 p.m. local time.

The doctor suggested to conduct an autopsy of the body at the Cokro Minoto General Hospital, but his family and Basarnas declined the request on grounds that the body will be flown to Surabaya soon.

Source: ANTARA News

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