Thai cave rescue: Navy SEAL working to rescue boys dies from lack of oxygen

Thai authorities say a Navy SEAL working to rescue the boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave has died from lack of oxygen.

Samarn Poonan, a former member of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit who was part of the rescue team in Chiang Rai, died on Thursday night after entering the cave to lay oxygen tanks along a potential exit route, the SEAL commander said.SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference on Friday morning the rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters.

The ABC understands he was diving late last night to get to the chamber where the boys are trapped.Mr Poonan was found by his dive buddy unconscious. He was pulled out and CPR was applied at the scene to revive him.He was taken to hospital but died around 1:00am (local time).He is one of about 80 Thai navy SEALs, they make up the bulk of the divers that are running the rescue effort.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.

Source: Thai cave rescue: Navy SEAL working to rescue boys dies from lack of oxygen – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)