A 31-year-old German diver fell ill while participating in the search and retrieval operations in waters off Masbate yesterday afternoon, officials said.

Coast Guard commandant Adm. Edmund Tan identified the diver as Danny Brumbach.

“He (Brumbach) is now okay and stable after being put inside our decompression chamber on board our PCG vessel 002,” Tan said in a text message 4:30 p.m.

The incident occurred around 3 p.m., he said.

Brumbach is among several civilian volunteer divers who helped in the search and retrieval operations for Capt. Jessup Bahinting and his co-pilot Nepalese Kshitiz Chand.

“Ang alam ko as nagkaroon siya (Brumbach) ng decompression illness… mabilis daw allegedly ‘yung pag-akyat niya pabalik sa surface,” Ens. Chibar Bullos, Naval Forces Southern Luzon information officer, said.

Bahinting and Chand were along with Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo when their Piper Seneca plane crashed off Masbate City on Saturday.

Robredo’s body was recovered from the sea early Tuesday. His aide, Senior Insp. Jun Abrazado, survived the crash. (John Roson)

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