Former navy diver dies during Thailand cave rescue effort

Rescue personnel arrive as rescue operations continue for 12 boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province
Former navy diver dies during Thailand cave rescue effort
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09 July, 2018

The boys and the coach will dive out of the cave one at a time, each accompanied by a member of a team of worldwide and Thai divers.

At least two of a group of boys trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks have been been successfully brought out, reports say.

He was brought out of the cave by his dive partner, but efforts to revive him proved futile.

Rain on Saturday evening and throughout Sunday was thought to be the catalyst for starting the rescue operation but appears not to have halted or significantly slowed its progress.

The death of a former Thai Navy Seal diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the danger of the journey even for adept professionals.

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"We will not let the sacrifice of our friend go to waste", he said. Food, electrolyte drinks, drinking water, medicine and oxygen canisters have been delivered to them. "They have not been moved to Chiang Rai hospital yet", Tossathep said.

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Mild weather and falling water levels over the past few days had created optimal conditions for an underwater evacuation that won't last if it rains again, Narongsak had said.

She said members of the 353rd U.S. Special Operations Group and U.S. military pararescue teams, survival specialists, divers and medical personnel are on the ground in support of the Thai-led worldwide rescue effort.

Representatives for Elon Musk talked with Thai authorities about aiding in the rescue of the boys, said a spokesman for the billionaire. By then, the group had spent 10 days cut off from the outside world.

The 12 members of the Mu Pa Academy football club, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing in the Thailand's fourth-longest cave on June 23 after flash flooding blocked their exit route.

Rescued boys were being taken to a field hospital for medical attention upon extraction.

Thai officials said 13 foreign and five Thai divers are taking part in the rescue operation. Their ordeal has drawn huge media attention in Thailand and overseas, and getting the boys out safely could be a boost for Thailand's ruling junta ahead of a general election next year.

"We're still at war with water and time", he told reporters. The group was found alive in a small cave chamber on Monday after nine days, mounting an worldwide rescue effort with experts weighing in from all over the world.


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