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The man was placing oxygen tanks in the cave as part of the preparations for the rescue, but he lost consciousness when he tried to return.
The authorities of Thailand confirmed today (06.07.2018) the death of a diver of rescue teams trying to rescue twelve children and an adult trapped in a cave in the north of the country since June 23.
The victim, a former member of the elite corps of the 38-year-old navy and identified as Samarn Kunan, died Thursday of running out of oxygen while returning diving from the cavity where the children are.
“The death of this expert diver serves to show the difficulty of the rescue tasks (…) Despite the death we will not stop working to get the group out,” EFE news agency sources told the Governor of Chiang Rai, where the cave is located.
The mortal remains of the deceased will be transferred to the port city of Sattahip, in the southeast, where the funeral will be held.
“We are training to accept that there may be risks at any time,” said Commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew. “It’s part of the job.”
British divers located on Monday 12 children and adolescents between 11 and 16 years and their coach, 25, who were missing from Saturday June 23 in the cave of Tham Laung-Khun Nam Nang Non, in Chiang province Rai
After a football training, the group went into the cave, the fourth largest in the country with more than 10 kilometers, located 1,000 kilometers north of Bangkok, near the border with Myanmar.
The authorities believe that they were surprised by a flood in the cavern and that they had to go deep inside to save themselves.
Finally, they were found more than three kilometers away from the entrance to the cave, but it is still unknown how and when they will leave. They are receiving diving lessons, as one possibility is that they are guided out of the cave by expert divers.
The second rescue option that is contemplated is to drill a tunnel in the outside of the cave and take them out in that way.