Rescue workers search for survivors following the crash of an ambulance helicopter near the South Korea-controlled islets of Dokdo in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan on Friday. Photo: Korea Coast Guard via AP
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S Korean search finds wrecked medical copter; no sign of survivors

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Searchers found the wreckage of an ambulance helicopter in waters off South Korea's eastern coast Friday and were continuing to look for its seven crewmembers and passengers, who were presumed dead.

The helicopter had picked up an injured crab fisherman before it crashed late Thursday near the South Korea-controlled islets of Dokdo between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

Dozens of aircraft and vessels and more than 30 divers have searched the area since around midnight.

Divers found the wrecked helicopter about 70 meters (230 feet) below the surface on Friday afternoon, Hwang Sang-hoon, a Korea Coast Guard official, said in a televised briefing.

Rescuers are now focusing their search on nearby waters and South Korea's navy plans to deploy remotely controlled underwater vehicles to search the wreckage, he said.

Hwang acknowledged the chance of finding survivors was low, considering the time of the crash and cold water.

"We will closely examine the helicopter's body and search for any (crewmembers and passengers) inside before deciding whether to raise the copter," Hwang said.

Seong Ho-seon, another rescue official, said the helicopter was taking the injured fisherman to a hospital in the mainland city of Daegu, but likely crashed into the sea in strong winds within two minutes after liftoff from Dokdo.

The Dokdo islets, called Takeshima in Japanese, are a subject of a territorial dispute between the countries.

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The people who live on that island literally only live there so South Korea can lay claim to the land since they're "using it". Looks like this stupid scheme is starting to have causalities.

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Hope they find someone alive.

Why were Airbus checking it’s ‘automatic rotation axis’ for the last two months?

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The people who live on that island literally only live there so South Korea can lay claim to the land since they're "using it".

An interesting claim since there are coast guard personnel, lighthouse managers, government officials and civilians living there. Are you suggesting the lighthouse managers are unnecessary personnel? Are you suggesting the civilians were forced or tricked to live there, are being paid to, or just do it out of some sense of patriotic duty?

Further, considering the Senkakus, it does not seem anyone needs to use anything to claim it. And the laying of concrete upon Okinotori shima is not done to claim use, but rather to attempt to improve its status from rocks to an island so as to claim it.

So while your claim could be true I have no idea how you would know that for sure. I would think its just as likely the idea is to prevent Japan from ever setting foot on it so as to claim it for themselves.

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@ Norman Goodman

Precisely.

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@Madden

The person the family that lives there first moved there because their fishing village had too much competition. He went there started fishing there. Built a house there. Raised a family there even before the dispute. He did that to make a living. Wasn't a stupid scheme.

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Very tragic. I hope that Japan has offered assistance.

Incidentally, should'nt this article be in the Inter section rather than the National section of JT.

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The people who live on that island literally only live there so South Korea can lay claim to the land since they're "using it". Looks like this stupid scheme is starting to have causalities.

@Madden - "The helicopter had picked up an injured crab fisherman before it crashed late Thursday".

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Heckleberry - exactly.

Again - just gotta love some posters who are so caught up in their anti world, they can't even take a breath to consider the probable deaths of 7 people and see it as a tragedy.

A rescue helicopter taking an injured person to hospital. Geez!

From the number of downvotes you'd think a lot of folks think this was a military attack or sumpin.

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They have found a body on the sea bed apparently.

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I pray the helicopter crew and passengers are found alive.

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Zannen desu ne. Mian hamnida.

why can’t we get along? In Hawaii where I live all races live and work together in One big community. Why do people spend all their lives and efforts hating each other? Such a waste of time

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PacificpilotToday  08:13 am JST

Zannen desu ne. Mian hamnida.

why can’t we get along? In Hawaii where I live all races live and work together in One big community. Why do people spend all their lives and efforts hating each other? Such a waste of time

Because one of the two countries teaches hate in their schools.

https://asianews.network/2019/10/28/south-korean-high-school-students-protest-teachers-forcing-anti-japan-acts/

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@OssanAmerica

At least the Korean Students complained about it! Over here (in Japan) they don't complain.

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Although I agree with your sentiment and gave you a plus point, mmwkdw, I suspect that Japanese students would complain one way or the other if any teacher tried to teach hatred.

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Well, it's two bodies now and they have been bringing heli parts semi-successfully to the surface.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20191103000217

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mmwkdwNov. 3  02:40 pm JST

@OssanAmerica

At least the Korean Students complained about it! Over here (in Japan) they don't complain.

Hatred against another country isn't taught in Japanese schools. Learn some shame.

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