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    Sunken S. Korea Ferry Search Claims 2nd Diver

    FILE - A man walks down steps past a tribute to victims of the Sewol ferry, in Seoul, South Korea.
    FILE - A man walks down steps past a tribute to victims of the Sewol ferry, in Seoul, South Korea.
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    South Korea's coast guard said a diver has died in an attempt to cut a hole in the hull of a sunken ferry to search for more bodies.
     
    Officials say the diver was pulled from the water Friday, unconscious and bleeding from his face. He died later in a hospital. No cause of death was given.
     
    He is the second diver killed in the operation to retrieve hundreds of bodies from the ferry.
     
    The 6,800-ton ferry Sewol capsized and sank on April 16. Passengers included 325 students from the same high school on a field trip to the southwest island of Jeju.
     
    So far, 288 bodies have been recovered, with 16 others still missing. 
     
    About 172 people, including 22 of the ship's 29 crew members survived. The captain and three crew members have been charged with manslaughter.
     
    The disaster shocked and angered South Korea. Widespread criticism was directed at the ship's crew for abandoning the overloaded vessel before an evacuation was fully under way.

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    by: claire from: new york
    June 01, 2014 2:12 PM
    Me again ! Yes , they plan to pull the boat anyway ! SO do they really need to put those extraordinary divers through more hell and risking their life ?
    Do they need more familly mourning their love ones AND children being orphin ?!?! They should stop now , pull this boat , so what if the remains of the victims are damaged ?!? It is still better that some more divers loosing their life outhere . The victim are gone anyway !
    Please save the divers now , please for their sake , don't put them back in that sunken boat ,PLEASE now save the divers !!!!!!!!!!

    by: Xanthor from: USA
    June 01, 2014 3:29 AM
    Its probably going to get worse. The fact th their president fired the entire coastguard over there and put many in experienced officers from other departments I'm surprised there is only one fatality. Since they are going to raise the ship anyway, they might as well stop sending more people to their death. I wonder if any of the missing are where the cars are stored. If I was stuck on a boat with no way out I'd have gone there as a last resort to get air from the tires.

    by: claire from: new york
    June 01, 2014 1:22 AM
    I have thought of those divers all the time . They have done such a hard difficult job . I felt sorry for what they must be going through . Now another died . It is unecessary to have those men dying to find some bodies that might never been found . Those divers should stop now , they might be exausted , it is cruel to put them through more hell . I am sorry for the famillies but we have to think of those divers too . So sorry we lost another diver , it is really really sad .

    by: Brad Kort
    May 31, 2014 9:48 PM
    I'm a diver. Clearly these divers are being asked to take unacceptable risks. Does it really help to add dead divers to the toll?

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