Res­cue author­i­ties have found the body of one of five miss­ing peo­ple from last Thurs­day’s he­li­copter crash in the East Sea near Dokdo.

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Kim Jae-heun [email protected]­re­

Res­cue author­i­ties have found the re­mains of one more of the five peo­ple miss­ing af­ter a he­li­copter crash in the East Sea near Dokdo last Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ko­rea Coast Guard East Re­gional Head­quar­ters, Tues­day, a re­motely op­er­ated ve­hi­cle (ROV) of the Navy’s Cheong­hae­jin ves­sel dis­cov­ered the body at around 12:30 a.m. in the same spot the crashed chop­per’s fuse­lage was found be­fore be­ing sal­vaged.

The res­cue team at­tempted to de­ploy divers to re­trieve the body at 2:40 a.m. but the Cheong­hae­jin showed un­sta­ble elec­tronic sig­nals, so they sus­pended re­cov­ery op­er­a­tions un­til later in the day.

Res­cue author­i­ties sus­pect the body had been in the re­cov­ered chop­per but had gone miss­ing dur­ing Sun­day’s sal­vage work. They said at the time that they in­stalled a dou­ble-lay­ered net to hold onto the body dur­ing the sal­vage op­er­a­tions but the nets were de­stroyed due to the heavy equip­ment in­side the he­li­copter and the body went miss­ing.

Ear­lier on Satur­day, they re­cov­ered the bod­ies of men who were later iden­ti­fied as the chop­per’s co-pi­lot and chief me­chanic, af­ter find­ing them 110 me­ters and 150 me­ters away from the fuse­lage, re­spec­tively.

The res­cue team said it would con­tinue the search op­er­a­tions with more than 100 divers, over 20 naval ves­sels six air­crafts and three drones, to find the re­main­ing miss­ing bod­ies.

They said they did not re­ceive any sig­nals from the chop­per’s emergency lo­ca­tor trans­mit­ter (ELT), which should send a sig­nal in emer­gen­cies.

The author­i­ties also con­firmed the chop­per’s tail was ly­ing 114 me­ters away from the crash site on the ocean floor, 72 me­ters be­low the sur­face.

“We be­lieve the black box and voice recorder will be in­side the tail. The de­vices will help us find out the cause of the crash and give hints about why the ELT failed to work,” an of­fi­cial from the head­quar­ters said.

“Though, we will put a pri­or­ity in find­ing the miss­ing bod­ies, rather than sal­vaging the black box.”

The Na­tional 119 Res­cue Head­quar­ters’ am­bu­lance he­li­copter was on a mis­sion to trans­fer a fish­er­man, whose thumb had been sev­ered, car­ry­ing the pa­tient, a friend and five res­cue work­ers.

But it crashed into the sea only two to three min­utes af­ter it took off from Dokdo on Thurs­day night.

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