Searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, on Sunday, April 27, 2014. South Korean President Park Geun-hye accepted her Prime Minister Chung Hong-won's resignation Sunday over the government's handling of a deadly ferry sinking, although she didn't set a last day in office. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUT

, Associated Press - Ap

South Korea diver dies in sunken ferry searches

  • Associated Press
  • May 5, 2014 - 7:48 PM

SEOUL, South Korea — Officials say that a civilian diver involved in searches for dozens of missing people from a ferry disaster has died.

Government task force spokesman Ko Myung-seok said the diver died at a hospital Tuesday after becoming unconscious following searches off the southern coast, where the Sewol sank on April 16.

Other task force team officials say the 53-year-old diver was pulled to the surface by fellow divers after losing communication.

The ferry disaster left 260 people dead, with about 40 others still missing. Government and civilian divers are fighting rapid currents as they try to retrieve the remaining bodies.

© 2014 Star Tribune