A Thai navy Seal has died from a blood infection he caught while rescuing 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.
Petty Officer Beiret Bureerak died while receiving treatment for the illness, the Royal Thai Navy said on Friday. Another rescuer, the former navy diver Sergeant Saman Kuman, died during the mission.
Wild Boars Academy’s coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, and 12 boys had gone to explore the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai province on 23 June 2018 when a downpour flooded the cave system and trapped them underground.
They survived for nine days on water dripping from rocks before they were located by rescuers who included volunteers from abroad. The boys and their coach were all brought out safely.