AirAsia flight QZ8501: Bodies seem headed towards Kalimantan shore, says rescue mission coordinator

Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a body on a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were on board the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a body on a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were on board the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a body on a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were on board the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a body on a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were on board the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry a body on a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were on board the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry a body on a stretcher during the recovery of victims who were on board the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on Dec 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Air Vice-Marshall Sunarbowo Sandi, coordinator of the search and rescue mission for AirAsia flight QZ8501, updating reporters at Pangkalan Bun on central Kalimantan on Wesnesday. -- ST PHOTO: TEO CHENG WEE
Air Vice-Marshall Sunarbowo Sandi, coordinator of the search and rescue mission for AirAsia flight QZ8501, updating reporters at Pangkalan Bun on central Kalimantan on Wesnesday. -- ST PHOTO: TEO CHENG WEE

PANGKALAN BUN - Strong waves have pushed bodies further east and they appear to be heading towards the Kalimantan shores, according to the mission coordinator of the search and rescue operations for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501.

Air Vice-Marshall Sunarbowo Sandi told reporters that Indonesian police and Armed Forces (TNI) ships had been deployed to wait by the coastline.

He said about 90 divers had been deployed but the rough sea conditions were preventing them from going in.

So far, a total of seven bodies - three women and four men - have been found by search teams hunting for the plane that has been missing since Sunday morning.

One female body found on Wednesday was dressed in air stewardess uniform.

Two of the bodies were brought to Pangkalan Bun on Central Kalimantan on Wednesday. They will be put in sealed bags and coffins and transported by plane to Surabaya later Wednesday.

The other five bodies were still at sea and could not be brought back by helicopters or tug boats due to the rough seas.

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