AS frantic efforts to rescue 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand continue, one of the divers in the mission has died and two of the boys who are sick could be left behind.
A former Thai Navy SEAL has died during the rescue operation to save 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave.
Authorities have confirmed the diver’s death was caused by lack of oxygen, and he died while making his way out of the cave complex where the group is trapped.
The man has been identified as retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Saman Kunan who volunteered for the operation after having left his post.
Mr Kunan lost consciousness after placing oxygen tanks in the cave and could not be revived despite first-aid attempts by his dive partner.
Meanwhile, in the first official admission the boys cannot wait out the monsoon season underground until October, authorities have warned the window of opportunity to free them is “limited”.