Authorities on Tuesday afternoon suspended retrieval operations for pilots of the plane which carried Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, a military official said.
The operations were suspended after a “minor accident” involving a German diver, Maj. Gen. Eduardo del Rosario, commander of the Armed Forces’ Southern Luzon Command, said in a televised press briefing.
“We will continue the operations tomorrow after breakfast… We hope we can finish the operations by noon-time tomorrow,” Del Rosario said.
Operatives plan to tie a second rope to the crashed Piper Seneca Plane tomorrow and lift it from the sea along with the remaining bodies.
Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, German Danny Brumbach, 31, suffered “decompression sickness” while ascending from the sea, Coast Guard commandant Adm. Edmund Tan said.
“He (Brumbach) is now okay and stable after being put inside our decompression chamber on board our vessel,” Tan said in a text message.
Robredo’s body was found and recovered around 8 a.m.
His body was seen “floating” inside the plane and was easily retrieved because the door near him was detached, Del Rosario said.
Divers had difficulty retrieving the bodies of Capt. Jessup Bahinting and Nepalese co-pilot Kshitiz Chand as the plane is upside-down and its nose is indented, according to the military official. (John Roson)
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