Rescue team deploys divers to recover bodies of AirAsia victims

PANGKALAN BUN, Kalimantan: A joint search and rescue team is to deploy divers to retrieve the bodies of the victims of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that went down in Karimata Strait, Kalimantan, the Indonesian news agency, ANTARA News, reported today.

“Today, we will proceed to the location to find the victims. Minimally, there will be 50 divers involved. Yesterday, we had deployed 15 fishing boats, but the efforts failed due to bad weather,” Chief of 102 Panju-Panjung resort Military Command, Colonel Sulaiman Agusto, informed newsmen here today.

With the reinforcements, it is expected that evacuation efforts would now be smoother, he affirmed.

Three more bodies of the passengers on board the missing AirAsia Flight have been discovered in Karimata Strait near Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, the Indonesian search agency authority noted.

With this discovery, so far, six bodies have been found by the Indonesian search team members, Chief of the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) F. H. Bambang Sulistyo reported today. “One of the three new bodies is a woman wearing a flight attendants uniform,” Sulistyo said during a press conference.

The six bodies had been retrieved, but they had yet to be transported to the East Java city of Surabaya for a postmortem examination by the police Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) unit, he added.