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Thai cave rescue: Diver dies while delivering oxygen tanks

 A diver involved in the efforts to rescue 12 boys and their football coach who have been trapped in a cave for a fortnight has died, Thai officials said. 

The rescue worker who died was a former Thai navy SEAL and his death took place due to a lack of oxygen, SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference Friday morning.

The rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters.

He has been identified as former SEAL Sergeant Major First Class Samarn Kunun, aged 38. He was currently working at the Suvarnabhumi airport.

The death took place at around 1 am local time (11.30 pm IST). A fellow rescue worker tried to save the former ex-navy SEAL by administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) but was unsuccessful.

The dead rescuer’s funeral will take place today.

A RACE AGAINST TIME

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.

The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the northern province after a football game on June 23. Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for 10 days.

The boys, although skinny, have been described as in good health. Authorities have said the soccer players are being looked after by Thai navy SEALs, including medics, staying with them inside the cave.

Officials prefer to get the boys out as soon as possible because heavy rain expected by Saturday almost surely will raise water levels again in the cave, making passage in some areas even more difficult, if not impossible.

The boys, although skinny, have been described as in good health. Authorities have said the soccer players are being looked after by Thai navy SEALs, including medics, staying with them inside the cave.

Officials prefer to get the boys out as soon as possible because heavy rain expected by Saturday almost surely will raise water levels again in the cave, making passage in some areas even more difficult, if not impossible.

 

 

 

News credit : Indiatoday

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