Navy SEAL diver rescuing Thai boys trapped in cave has died through lack of oxygen
A former Navy Seal working to rescue a dozen boys and their coach trapped in a cave in Thailand has died from a lack of oxygen, authorities have said.
Samarn Poonan, a former member of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit who was part of the rescue team in Chiang Rai, died on Thursday
SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference that the victim fell unconscious during part of an operation to lay oxygen tanks along a potential exit route.
Authorities are racing to pump out water from a flooded cave where a dozen boys and their football coach have been trapped since June 23.
The tragic news came as the youngsters faced the agonising decision to leave their pals behind as they swim for their lives to safety.
Chiang Rai provincial governor Narongsak Osatanakor, who is heading rescue efforts , says the boys may be removed in stages, saying “all 13 may not come out at the same time.”