Rescue diver killed while searching for victims of Lion Air crash that left all 189 people on board dead

Rescuer Syachrul Anto, 48, passed away after resurfacing from a dive to the crash site of Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX. He is believed to have died of 'the bends'.

                            Rescue diver killed while searching for victims of Lion Air crash that left all 189 people on board dead

An Indonesian rescue diver died during a search operation for a jet that crashed earlier this week near Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. As The Daily Mail reports, the senior diver, Syachrul Anto, collapsed after returning to the surface, having dive to the wreckage of the Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX which was lying in almost 100ft of water. 

Head of the Indonesian search and rescue team (Basarnas), Muhammad Syaugi said: "Deepest condolences for the passing of a humanitarian hero from the Indonesian Diving Rescue Team."

The 48-year-old rescue diver had previously worked on the search for bodies after an Air Asia jet crashed off the Borneo coast in late 2014. Although the exact cause is unlikely to ever be discovered, considering his family decided against a post-mortem, reports suggest that Anto may have collapsed from decompression sickness (what is commonly known as 'the bends') on resurfacing from the dive.

Divers have been searching through debris on the seabed for a second black box from the jet, as investigators try to get data from a partly damaged recorder recovered on Thursday. As of Saturday, a total of 73 body bags, few containing intact remains, had been recovered, but only four of the victims have been identified so far. According to the Daily Mail, the pilot of flight JT610 had asked for, and received, permission to turn back to Jakarta, but what went wrong remains a mystery. Rescue divers are also trying to locate the aircraft's second black box which has been 'pinging' for the past two days.

While victims' relatives are desperate to know what happened, the investigation of the first crash of a Boeing 737 MAX is also the focus of scrutiny in the global aviation industry. Preliminary investigation findings are expected to be made public after 30 days.

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104 Kantong Jenazah Berhasil Dievakuasi JAKARTA - Hari keenam operasi pencarian korban Boing JT-610 telah berhasil mengevakuasi 104 kantong jenazah, Jumat (3/11/2018) pukul 19.00 WIB. Korban terakhir, sebanyak 27 kantong jenazah, dievakuasi dari area penyelaman dan penyisiran di permukaan baik di sekitar LKP maupun Perairan Tanjung Pakis, Karawang. Tim SAR juga berhasil menemukan ban pesawat, serpihan kulit pesawat, mesin pesawat, dan bagian-bagian lainnya. Terkait CVR yang sebelumnya sudah terdeteksi Ping Detector belum berhasil ditemukan. "Kami belum berhasil menemukan black box tersebut karena terkendala kondisi dasar laut yang berlumpur dan cukup dalam," jelas Mayjen TNI Nugroho Budi Wiryanto, Deputi Bidang Operasi dan Kesiapsiagaan Basarnas pada konferensi pers di Posko Terpadu, Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) 2 Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok pukul 19.30 WIB. Terkait rencana operasi SAR yang sudah memasuki hari ke-6 dan akan memasuki hari ke-7 esok hari, Basarnas bersama seluruh stakeholder akan melakukan evaluasi menyeluruh sebelum mamastikan akan memperpanjang atau menutup pelaksanakan operasi SAR. "Yang pasti, tim SAR baik dari unsur TNI-Polri, Kementerian Perhubungan, BPPT, KNKT, Bakamla, Bea Cukai, dan seluruh Potensi SAR yang terlibat dalam operasi ini masih tetap solid, tetap bersinergi, dan bekerja maksimal untuk menuntaskan tugas ini," katanya. #basarnas #sar #rescue #indonesia #lionairjt610

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Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets but its safety record has been far from perfect. Its transport safety panel investigated 137 serious aviation incidents from 2012 to 2017.

The Lion Air crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997 when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board. Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several flights were allowed to resume services in the following decade. The ban was completely lifted in June. The US lifted a decade-long ban in 2016.

“There’s still a lot we need to improve,” Air Transportation Director General Pramintohadi Sukarno said at a press conference on Saturday, referring to safety rules.