German in diving accident recovering well

By Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Aug 21 2012 05:38 PM | Updated as of Aug 22 2012 07:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – The German diver who met a diving accident while conducting retrieval operations at the crash site in Masbate is recovering well.

Mario Montejo, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), told radio dzMM that the condition of Danny Brumbach, who underwent decompression, is improving.

A shot of German diver Danny Brumbach while he was being dislodged from a rubber raft. Photo by Val Cuenca for ABS-CBNnews.com

“’Yung last update was a few minutes ago lang, nakakapagsalita siya, nakakapag-galaw ng kamay. 'Yung examination n'ya ay ok. We're still monitoring pero very positive naman ang status,” said Montejo.

Montejo said Brumbach works as a consultant for DOST.

The DOST secretary said the diver experienced decompression sickness while conducting search operations for Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo and 2 others.

“Definitely, lumutang siya ng mabilis kesa kelangan,” said Montejo.

But Maj. Gen. Eduardo del Rosario, head of Task Force Kalihim, which supervises the retrieval operations, said that Brumbach is on his way to full recovery.

“He is now on stable condition, almost 95% recovered,” said the general during a press conference.

According to an earlier report, the technical diver came out of the sea foaming at the mouth around 3 p.m.

He was initially rushed to the hospital but was brought to the shore minutes later to be transferred to a Philippine Coast Guard ship which had a decompression chamber.

Montejo said the German had volunteered to help in the search and retrieval operations.

The 31-year-old diver, an open water scuba instructor, was part of a coral restoration project in Bohol.

“That was the first of our encounters and our working relationship. Ngayon he is more involved in our programs talaga,” said Montejo.

The search teams retrieved Robredo's body from the crash site on Tuesday morning

The bodies of Capt. Jessup Bahinting and his Nepalese co-pilot, Capt. Kshitiz Chand, have yet to be retrieved.

Del Rosario said Brumbach’s team was successful in tying a rope which will be used to pull the plane out of the water.

“Nagpadive uli tayo para tignan ang nagawa nila sa ilalim… nakapagtie silang ng main rope, nakatali na ngayon sa eroplano. We need two more para makuha natin ng totally 'yung eroplano... hihiliain pataas," said Del Rosario.