Volunteer Diver loses life during Sewol rescue efforts

Richard Parker, May 7, 2014, 10:58 a.m.

Lee Kwang-wook, voltuneer diver died on Tuesday while in search for missing victims of the Sewol ferry disaster off Jindo, South Jeolla Province.  A rescue team reported communications with Lee Kwang-wook haulted after he entered the water at 6:06am and two other divers went in search for him.  Kwang was found unconscious and rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:36am. 

The cause of death was likely to be pneumocephalus, a condition in which air blocks blood vessels within the brain.  Kwang was a 30 year diving veteran and volunteered a day earlier to replace exhausted rescue divers. 

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