CHIANG RAI: A former Thai military diver involved in operations to rescue 12 boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand has died, said Chiang Rai deputy governor Passakorn Boonyaluck on Friday (Jul 6).The diver, identified as a retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Saman Kunam, died on his way out of the Tham Luang cave complex after going in to supply one of the chambers with oxygen tanks on Thursday night."It was sad news, a former SEAL who volunteered to help died last night about 2am," the deputy governor told reporters. "His job was to deliver oxygen (in the cave). He did not have enough on his way back."The deputy governor maintained that the casualty has not dampened the morale of the rescuers.“Under irregular circumstances like these, anything can happen," he said. "Still, everybody in the rescue operation is absolutely in good spirits. Our morale is great and we’ll continue our mission until we achieve our goal.”The diver lost … [Read more...] about Thai cave rescue: Diver dies after delivering oxygen tanks to cave complex
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MAE SAI, Thailand - A former military diver has died after running out of oxygen while assisting in the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach trapped inside a cave in Thailand, an official said Friday. His death highlights the perils of the operation to extract the team from deep inside the waterlogged cave, raising questions about the feasibility of bringing youngsters out the same way. READ ALSO: Thai cave rescue: Bird's nest collectors scour for ways into cave to save youth footballers "A former Seal who volunteered to help died last night about 2am," Chiang Rai deputy governor Passakorn Boonyaluck told reporters at the site, calling it "sad news." The diver, identified as Saman Kunont, was coming back from a spot inside the Tham Luang cave where the group were located on Monday when his supplies ran short. "On his way back he lost consciousness," said Thai Seal commander Apakorn Yookongkaew, adding that a friend had tried to help bring him out. "But even though we have … [Read more...] about Ex-Thai navy Seal dies in Thailand cave rescue: Official
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 The youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old football coach go into the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand. They are reported missing by a mother after her young son failed to come home. JUNE 24 Park officials and police kick into gear to find the boys as heavy rain continues to fall. They find handprints and footprints believed to have been made by the boys and think the group likely retreated into the winding tunnels as they became hemmed in by rising floodwaters. JUNE 25 Thai Navy Seal divers are in the cave searching for the boys, armed with oxygen tanks and carrying food.The boys are believed to have retreated further into the cave to an elevated air pocket called "Pattaya Beach". JUNE 26 Divers reach a T-junction several kilometres inside the cave but are forced back by rushing floodwaters at a narrow crevice near Pattaya Beach. JUNE 27 An international team, including three British diving experts, arrives. JUNE 28/29 The underwater rescue is … [Read more...] about Thailand cave rescue: What options do the boys have?
Here are a few ways the hungry and weak boys could get out, none easy options. Could they dive out? In theory yes: but it is an extremely difficult task. Cave diving is already very risky, especially for young boys in a weakened state who have no diving experience. Tham Luang cave where the boys have been trapped is one of Thailand's longest at 10 kilometres (six miles) and one of the hardest to navigate with its winding and at times narrow corridors. If they dive, they have no choice but to follow the steps that rescuers took though tiny passageways clogged with mud and silt. That journey takes a healthy -- and skilled -- Navy SEAL diver about six hours. Officials said they would attempt to train the boys to use crucial diving gear after they are rehabilitated with food, water and medical support. "Cave diving is a very technical skill and it's extremely dangerous, especially for an untrained diver," Anmar Mirza, coordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission, told AFP. "So … [Read more...] about Thailand cave rescue: What now for the boys?
Two cave divers who found 12 Thai boys and their football coach on Monday (Jul 2) were neither military personnel nor professional divers, but volunteers from Britain.As light was first shone on the faces of the young boys after nine long days of being trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai, one of the questions the youngsters asked was: "Where you come from?""England, UK" one of the rescuers said.The two British divers who found the boys are part of a three-man team from the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC). They have been identified in media reports as John Volanthen, 47, and Rick Stanton, 56.A team of Thai Navy Seals was with them when they found the lost boys.Their voices were heard in a video of the first moments the boys were found, which was posted on the Thai Navy Seals Facebook page, said The Telegraph.Mr Volanthen, an Internet engineer in Bristol, is one of the leading experts in cave rescue, the British paper reported. He took up diving as … [Read more...] about Thailand cave rescue: Who are the British divers who found the missing Thai boys?