Thai Navy Seal Dies in Chiang Rai 13 Rescue Attempt

Thai authorities say a former Navy Seal working to rescue boys trapped in cave has died from lack of oxygen.

Seal commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference Friday morning (local time) that the rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters.

Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from a flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23.

Khaosod English are reporting the 13 are also running out of Oxygen.

The Guardian reports what they know so far

  • A former Thai navy Seal diver has died during the rescue efforts, officials have announced.
  • The diver has been named as Samarn Kunan, 38, from Roi Et, a former Thai navy Sealwho was assisting in the rescue efforts in a volunteer capacity.
  • He died when he ran out of oxygen, while diving in the caves at 1am last night. He had been placing air tanks in the caves, as part of preparations for a potential rescue mission.
  • His body has been sent to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok.
  • It is unclear how his death will affect plans to rescue the 12 children and their football coach currently trapped in the Tham Luang cave network.
  • One of the rescue plans being explored by Thai officials is of getting the children to wear diving masks and having them escorted through the caves by navy divers.
  • A spokesman asked how children can be ferried through this cave if an adult former navy Seal died in there, replied: “We have to try everything.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thai Netizens have already started to show the love and respect by posting tributes on Facebook since the news broke.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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