Experienced Navy SEAL diver dies during Thai cave rescue operation

Tanya Simon
July 7, 2018

Narongsak said the drills would have to pierce 600 meters (1,970 feet) of fragile limestone rock to reach the boys and rescuers were discussing drilling angles. "We are not mad at you at all. Please take care", he added in the letter.

"On behalf of the worldwide football community, I would like to join you in expressing my deepest sympathies and support to the families of the players and coach, as well as my solidarity with the people of Thailand at this time of great concern", Infantino wrote in a letter to the Thai Football Association.

A buddhist monk leads an honour guard carrying the coffin of Samarn Poonan, 38, a former member of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit who died working to save 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped inside a flooded cave, at Chiang Rai airport, Thailand, July 6, 2018. Chanin Wiboonrungrueng, 12, told his mother and father not to worry.

To my aunt and grandma, I'm fine. Two divers from the United Kingdom were the first to make it, on Monday, to the area where the boys and their coach took shelter. Osottanakorn said the group were already "learning to dive" but that they were not yet ready.

Dom: I'm fine. But the weather is a bit too cold. Don't worry. But don't forget my birthday party.

Thai authorities have ruled out an overnight rescue of the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a cave in north-western Thailand, dismissing suggestions such an attempt was imminent.

Thailand is holding its breath for the safe return of the group, with heavy rains forecast and fears mounting over the falling amount of oxygen and high level of water in the cave. You don't need to be anxious about me.

"We are all here to help the children in the cave". And without proper oxygen levels, staying put could also prove deadly.

Water pumps are shipped in to drain the rising, murky floodwaters. "They could be shocked". The water level rose a full 10cm in that time.

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He says: "The plan that I've held on to from the beginning is that we have to bring the kids out and the determining factor of this plan is to have as little water as possible". "Which could reduce the space for them to less than 10 square metres".

Thailand's monsoon season runs from July to October and, while the past few days have been relatively dry, the long term forecast is rain for months.

While no official statement has been made by Musk or anyone from his company on what possible solutions will be utilized for the rescue operation, he definitely has got few hypothetical solutions including the insertion of "a 1m diameter nylon tube (or shorter set of tubes for most hard sections) through cave network & inflate with air like a bouncy castle".

They were found alive following a grueling search by divers, who must now determine how to free the youngsters.

A former Thai navy SEAL has died during the rescue effort while diving in flooded passageways to deliver oxygen supplies.

The discovery of the boys on a muddy ledge on Monday night sparked elation across Thailand.

Professional cave divers from Europe are making the unsafe dives with a contingent of Thai navy SEALs.

John Hudson, a survival instructor who created the UK Military's survival manual, says the fundamental difference between life and death in these situations is letting someone know what you're up to. "And then after that we stressed because we had another battle". "[We] test and test and test to ensure that it goes as planned", he said.

For the first time since they were found, the boys communicated by letter with their relatives - many camped outside the cave's entrance - with both homesickness and humor. Don't worry. I love you dad and mum. Love Dad and Mom very much. You must be patient and keep fighting. I love Dad and Mom and everybody.

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