Thai Navy Seal has died in Thailand cave rescue

Thai Navy Seal has died in Thailand cave rescue

Thai Navy Seal has died in Thailand cave rescue

Authorities undertook the risky mission to rescue 12 Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave on Sunday and authorities said the entire task may take three-four days to complete.

A deafening applause broke among a troop of journalists on Sunday night (Jul 8) in Thailand's northernmost province of Chiang Rai when its former governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, the man leading one of the most watched rescue operations in the world, finished his first sentence at a press conference.

The boys and their coach had been stranded in Tham Luang Nang Non when they went exploring in the cave after a scrimmage June 23.

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

Thailand cave rescue latest updates: On Sunday, a Thailand army commander said the ongoing rescue of 12 boys and their coach could take 2-4 days depending on conditions inside the partially flooded cave.

"I confirm that we are at war with water and time from the first day up to today", Chiang Rai Acting Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said Saturday.

They'd participated in rescue drills in the past few days, he said. They will come out of the cave one group at a time, ' Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak said.

Some took time on Sunday to pay tribute to Saman Gunan, a Thai Navy SEAL who died while trying to ensure the boys had enough oxygen.

Of the 13-strong foreign dive team - mainly from Europe - three escorted the children, while the remainder were positioned along the unsafe first kilometre stretch, where the boys had to navigate through submerged passageways in some places no more than two feet (0.6 metre) wide.

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Officials did not clarify this morning whether the complex effort to dive the team out of the kilometres-long Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand had started.

The four boys rescued Sunday have been taken to a hospital.

Several methods of rescuing the boys and coach were considered, but reports of diminishing oxygen levels in the part of the cave where they were trapped increased the urgency of their extraction.

Initial euphoria over finding the boys alive quickly turned into deep anxiety as rescuers struggled to find a way to get them out.

"Our operation today is more successful than what we've hoped for", he added.

The boys' conditions were "not that bad" and "they're OK", according to Eve Tapanya from the Tourist Police.

As the monsoon rains begin, water is being pumped out of the caves and a plan is being developed to bring them to safety.

"Don't be anxious, I miss everyone".

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