Thai Authorities say Former SEAL Working on Cave Rescue Dies from Lack of Oxygen

A cave complex is seen after 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Photo: AP/Sakchai Lalit
A cave complex is seen after 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

July 05, 2018 09:58 PM

Thai authorities say a former navy SEAL working to rescue boys trapped in cave has died from lack of oxygen.

SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference that the rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters.

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RELATED: Rescuers Race to Drain Water Inside Thai Cave before Rains

Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from a flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23.

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