Thai soccer team rescue: Former Navy diver dies while exiting flooded caves

Video: Meet the Thai Soccer Players Trapped in a Cave

Video: Meet the Thai Soccer Players Trapped in a Cave

The long-running effort to save children in Thailand's Tham Luang Nang Non cave claimed its first victim on Friday, when a former Thai Navy SEALs member died of lack of oxygen. "We are calculating how much time we have if it rains, how many hours and days", Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, without providing further details.

Speaking at a press conference, a commander of the Thai navy SEAL group said the retired navy SEAL was placing oxygen tanks along an exit route to assist the boys in their escape from the cave when his own oxygen ran out. Saman left us while working as a diver and in a time where all divers joining forces to complete the mission.

The SEAL's body was sent to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, on its way to his hometown, Roi Et, authorities in Thailand told the Guardian newspaper.

But if the team doesn't make it out before the weather worsens, rescue experts have warned they might be stuck until the monsoon season ends, often in October or November.

"It is bad news and the world of football hopes that someone can find a way to take these kids out of there", Brazilian legend Ronaldo added of the situation.

He showed us some of the tactics divers and SEALS may take to get the youth soccer team out of that cave. "His buddy tried to administer first aid, when there was no response he tried to move him", Apakorn said.

Worldwide rescuers team prepare to enter the cave where a young soccer team and their coach trapped by flood waters Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. Rescuers are trying to lower the level enough and get the children out before then.

About 1000 people are involved in the rescue operations, including navy divers, military personnel and civilian volunteers.

"Inside the cave is tough", said Thai Navy SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew.

"Despite this, we will continue until we accomplish our mission", Arpakorn said.

Meanwhile, the King of Thailand has announced that Saman would be laid to rest in a royal-sponsored funeral ceremony.

A volunteer rescuer has died during the operation to save 12 boys and their football coach trapped inside a flooded cave complex in Thailand. "I am concerned as the forecast is for more rain".

"We've got to finish laying the air pipe today". It's very shallow water.

'We originally thought the boys can stay safe inside the cave for quite some time but circumstances have changed.

"Regarding the plan for the 13 to swim or dive, there is only one critical point which it is risky: It is where every boy has to dive alone".

He said the oxygen line was also tied to a telephone line that would provide a channel of communication for the team.

Gizmodo reports the "herculean efforts" at the site have seen 34 million gallons of water pumped out, at a current rate of about 0.6 inches per hour.

But the areas where diving is still necessary are tight and may require the boys to swim through murky waters unaccompanied.

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