Former Thai Navy Seal Given Military Honors After Dying During Cave Rescue

Diver dies after delivering oxygen for trapped soccer team

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"Dear all kids' parents, now all of them are fine, the rescue team is treating us well", the 25-year-old coach wrote. And I promise I will take care of the kids as best as I can.

Saman Guman, a former Thai Navy Seal, died while trying to deliver oxygen tanks to the trapped soccer team.

The boys also wrote they are doing well and missing their families.

Officials say they are not ready to dive out yet following the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL who ran out of oxygen during the rescue mission. Navy SEAL team divers discovered them a week later, alive and safe in an unflooded chamber.

"The environment inside the cave is challenging".

"At first, we thought the children could stay for a long time - but now things have changed, we have a limited time", Yookongkaew said.

Authorities are racing to pump out water from a flooded cave where a dozen boys and their football coach have been trapped since June 23.

Making matters worse, all 13 of them are in a depleted state of health as a result of the ordeal that's seen them trapped below ground for almost two weeks.

A senior army commander, Maj.

In the meantime, oxygen levels have fallen inside the cave complex. It is tied to a telephone line to provide a channel of communication for the kids, who are stuck deep in the complex but are being looked after by four SEALs, including a medic. "If it reaches a certain level, it could harm our body, no matter how much oxygen there is in the air", Osottanakorn said. At this time though, diving is the only possible method of escape, even though cave rescue experts warn it is extremely risky even for those with experience. He also offered suggestions on how to improve the rescue effort.

The 12 Thai children and their coach have written letters to their families and supporters after two weeks stranded in a flooded cave.

A diver who spent time with the boys said the youngsters wanted to know the results of the matches. He said the boys were still healthy and have practised wearing diving masks and breathing in preparation for the diving possibility. This is what they had to say.

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It could take weeks to bring the team to safety, and the death of a volunteer navy diver yesterday underscored the risks.

"No, not today", CNN quoted Narongsak Osottanakorn, the governor of Chiang Rai province as saying. And with any luck, perhaps even in time for them to watch the World Cup final, which is set for June 15 in Moscow.

The cave system in Chiang Rai province, into which they disappeared, is well known for its depth and danger. He always participated in the Seal activities until the last step of his life.

But the rain had begun to fall.

"They are learning how to dive and how to breathe" but "cannot dive at this time". Getting to safety requires a roughly five-hour dive through murky waters and suffocatingly narrow passageways - hard for even experienced divers - to a point closer to the mouth of the cave where the group could be brought out on stretchers. Reportedly, none of the boys can swim.

Drilling into the cave and extracting the boys from above has been suggested, but Narongsak, speaking at a news conference, said only 18 of 100 holes that have been located are potentially viable.

Since being discovered, there is an intense rescue mission underway to free the group before a deluge is able to fill the tunnels with more flood waters.

Several rescuers can be seen struggling through dark, narrow passages.

Since then, the situation has taken a more urgent turn. A lot more water, a lot more current washing people around.

It finished with the message: "To our soccer family in Thailand, we wish to express our support and love, and we hope the boys and their coach will be together soon with their families".

"We are awed by the bravery and strength that these boys and their coach have shown amidst such frightening circumstances".

The boys were found sheltering on a ledge surrounding by water 1.24 miles (2km) from the main entrance and 1km below the ground.

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