Saturday, 19 January 2019

A Diver Dies during SAR Operation for Lion Air Crash

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  • Divers prepare to set out for a search, days after Indonesia's Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea, in this image obtained from social media on October 31, 2018. The accident is the first to be reported involving the widely sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer's single-aisle jet. Courtesy of BASARNAS/Social Media via REUTERS

    Divers prepare to set out for a search, days after Indonesia's Lion Air flight JT610 crashed into the sea, in this image obtained from social media on October 31, 2018. The accident is the first to be reported involving the widely sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer's single-aisle jet. Courtesy of BASARNAS/Social Media via REUTERS

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A diver from Indonesia Diving Rescue Team (IDRT), Syahrul Anto, died during the searching operation for the downed Lion Air JT 610 in the waters of Karawang, West Java. Anto was believed to die due to an accident while diving. 

    The commander of the Navy SAR Task Force Col. Isswarto confirmed the news on Saturday, Nov 3. According to him, the incident occurred on Friday, Nov 2, at around 5 pm local time.

    Anto was unconscious when rushed into Koja Regional Hospital for medical treatment.

    Read: Basarnas Deploys Elite Team to Search Lion Air Victims 

    Despite detail of the death cause is still unknown, Isswarto suspected Anto died due to decompression sickness, a medical condition that results when sudden decompression causes nitrogen bubbles to form in the tissues of the body, blocks the bloodstream and nervous system. The condition is similar to a deadly stroke.

    M ROSSENO AJI