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Former SEAL diver died during cave operation

A 38-year-old former SEAL officer died after he collapsed during operation in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Ra’s Mae Sai district last night.

Diving buddy of Petty Officer 1st class Samarn Kunun performed CPR on him but he did not regain consciousness. He died at about 1am this morning, Naval Special Warfare Command chief Apakorn Yukongkaew said in front of the cave.

He became the first casualty of the marathon operation to secure freedom for 13 members of Mu Pa Academy football club who were trapped inside the cave since June 23. They were found early this month but still cannot leave it because of flooding.

Published : July 06, 2018