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A former Thai Navy SEAL diver was killed Friday while delivering oxygen tanks to the Tham Luang cave complex in preparation for a possible underwater rescue of a boys soccer team trapped inside, authorities said.
Diver Samarn Kunan, 38, ran out of his own oxygen as he was placing the tanks throughout the cave in a desperate attempt by Thai authorities to eventually ferry the boys out with scuba gear, officials said.
“It was sad news, a former SEAL who volunteered to help died last night,” Chiang rai deputy governor Passakorn Boonyaluck told reporters. “His job was to deliver oxygen. He did not have enough on his way back.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Despite the tragic setback, Thai officials still believe they’re getting close to rescuing the trapped boys and their soccer coach.
“But even though we have lost one man, we still have faith to carry out our work,” said SEAL commander and Rear Adm. Arpakorn Yookongkaew.
Earlier on Thursday, rescue operations suffered another setback when bonehead volunteers accidentally pumped water back into the cave where the boys are trapped.
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