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    South Korean Rescue Diver Dies

    A Buddhist nun comforts the crying family member of a missing passenger onboard the capsized Sewol ferry at a port in Jindo April 26, 2014. More than 300 people, most of them students and teachers from the Danwon High School, are dead or missing presumed dead after the April 16 disaster. The Sewol ferry, weighing almost 7,000 tons, sank on a routine trip from the port of Incheon, near Seoul, to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Investigations are focused on human error and mechanical failure. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: DISASTER RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3MOVH

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    South Korea's deadly ferry accident doesn't seem like it could get any more tragic, but it did on Monday. A civilian diver working the rescue operation died after falling unconscious during a dive. The 53-year-old lost contact with the crew of Undine Marine Industries, a private company, after going into the water near the site of the sunken ferry early on Monday morning. Search efforts to find the 40 passengers still missing have since been suspended by coast guard officials.

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