Thai Cave Rescue: A former Thai Navy diver Former Sgt. Saman Kunan, who had volunteered to help rescue 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand has died.
Deputy Governor Passakorn Boonyalak said Kunan , an ex-SEAL, died at 2:00 a.m. Friday local time due to lack of air while attempting to return to a command centre deep underground.
The command centre is located two kilometers inside the cave, where the young soccer team and their coach have been trapped for almost two weeks.
38 year old Kunan was returning from delivering oxygen tanks to the cavern where the boys are when he ran out of air while underwater.
A military aircraft will carry Kunan’s body from Chiang Rai to Satthahip Navy Base Friday evening. A funeral service will take place there, and then at his home town in the province of northern Thailand.