Diver Dies During Rescue Efforts for Cave-Trapped Thai Boys

07 July, 2018, 08:27 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Rescuer workers prepare small diving mask to deliver inside Tham Luang Nang Non cave to continue the rescue operation

One reason the team can not yet be evacuated is that rescuers were also still searching for three more wetsuits with a thickness of five millimeters, the official, who has direct knowledge of the operation, told CNN.

More heavy rain is expected to fall over the weekend but the governor emphasized that rescuers would only try to free the team if the risk to their lives was minimal.

Thai ex-Navy SEAL Saman Kunan died Friday morning after running out of oxygen on his way back from delivering oxygen tanks to the cave where the team is located, according to CNN.

The only way to reach them was by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents.

Authorities have confirmed the oxygen supply in the cave has fallen to 15%, compared to the normal 21% levels in the air, a situation which has been made worse by the number of rescue workers inside the cave.

"Despite this, we will continue until we accomplish our mission", Arpakorn vowed.

The trapped boys' spirits were surely lifted on Friday when they discovered they had been invited to attend the World Cup final in Moscow if they make it out in time.

The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place oxygen canisters along the route to where the boys and others are sheltered, Thai SEAL commander Rear Adm. Arpakorn Yookongkaew said.

Said to be an avid runner and cyclist, he was part of the massive rescue operation launched after the group became stranded in the Tham Luang cave. If they pour, monsoon rains could raise the water levels inside the limestone cave complex to a threshold that prevents safe evacuation.

It's taken even experienced rescue divers up to five hours to safely navigate the unsafe cave channels to reach the team.

Federation Internationale de Football Association chides Maradona over referee comments
But there we go. "We now move forward to a game that will really challenge us in a completely different way, but tonight is a special moment".

Tragically the 38-year-old passed out while underwater and rescuers were unable to revive him. "There is limited time", Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission and Chiang Rai's former governor, told a midnight media briefing.

BELOW: A virtual look inside what the cave rescue could look like.

The diver, identified as Saman Kunan, died from lack of oxygen at 1 a.m. on Friday.

Gunan recorded a video of himself just moments before he boarded a plane to northern Chiang Rai province to join those assisting in the rescue operations at Tham Luang Nang Non, Thailand's longest cave.

Mr Karadzic, a diving instructor who has lived in Koh Tao Island in Thailand for 11 years, said he is anxious about the boys' dive training. "Everyone is a professional so we're trying to put it away and avoid it happening again", he said, adding: "Everybody is focusing on getting these boys out - keeping them alive or getting them out".

Weather forecasts for the region show five days of heavy rain on the way, which could undo all the work so far.

Cave rescue specialists have cautioned against that approach except as a last resort, because of the dangers posed by inexperienced people using diving gear.

The members of the Wild Boar soccer team were reported missing two weeks ago after they didn't return from an outing after soccer practice. "We still have to wait and see what happens next, and whether the water level will rise again".

Ten days later British rescue divers found them perched on a rock shelf about 4km (2.5 miles) from the cave mouth.

The Thai authorities had considered providing enough supplies to the trapped boys so that can survive in the cave for a few extra months until the monsoon season is over.

Recommended:



Popular

Brazil aim to beat Belgium over 90 minutes in quarters, says Tite
Only a three-goal comeback in the last 15 minutes saw Roberto Martinez's side book their ticket for the last eight. Fernandinho will be replacing him in the starting Xi and that shows the amount of talent they have in the squad.

Belgium defeat England 1-0 as stars watch from bench
The victor of Group G will play Japan in the last-16, and then a potential quarter-final against either Brazil or Mexico. The two managers made a combined 17 changes - Belgium nine, England eight - leading many to dub this game the phoney war.

Serena Williams complains about being drug tested more than her tennis rivals
In the women's draw, Serena's sister Venus overcame a slow start to claim a 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-1 win over Swede Johanna Larsson . I didn't serve at all. "I'm happy to get through that", she said , adding that she was "just taking one match at a time".

Malaysia Suspends Construction of Major Belt and Road Rail Project
The indefinite suspension could cause additional costs, losses and damages, the company said. Weeks later, Mahathir said that his government would review the bullet-train project.

Trump Asked Aides About Invading Venezuela Last Year
Even some of the staunchest U.S. allies were begrudgingly forced to side with Maduro in condemning Trump's saber rattling. Eventually, Mr McMaster pulled the president aside and walked him through the dangers of an invasion, the official said.

Viral Twitter thread chronicles 'Plane Bae' romance
Since the rise in social media notoriety, Holden updated his Twitter bio with the following: "Newly nicknamed 'Plane Bae'". Ms Blair also noted that both were personal trainers and vegetarians, and neither of them wore a wedding ring.

Trump will focus on Russia's 'malign' activity at summits: U.S
The START envisages the reduction of the number of the United States and Russian strategic nuclear missile launchers by half. Each side accuses the other of violating the treaty, which applies to nuclear- and conventionally armed missiles.

Samsung's next smartwatch to be called Galaxy Watch, use Wear OS
The Tame Apple Press claims the news means that Samsung's lead over Apple in the global smartphone market is under pressure. That's a month from today so we can expect more information and images will be revealed before the scheduled release date.

US Navy: Will Protect Commerce in Face of Iran Oil Threat
Reuters reports that whether the bank will invest in Iran is in doubt. "Enough with the policy of appeasement and weakness regarding Iran".

Thai authorities say boat death toll at 10
Saturday, said Prapan Khanprasang, chief of the Phuket Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office. One fisherman is still missing after being swept from a Thai fishing boat Thursday near Krabi province.