Thai rescuer in cave dies from lack of oxygen

Navy diver dies in attempt to deliver supplies to boys trapped in Thai cave

Navy diver dies in attempt to deliver supplies to boys trapped in Thai cave

"We can no longer wait for all conditions (to be ready) because the circumstance is pressuring us, " Arpakorn said.

Authorities have sent in food, water and medical staff, some of whom stay with the boys full time. Divers can only bring in small amounts of supplies at a time.

A somber mood has clouded the elation from earlier in the week, when the boys were found disheveled and hungry but alive on a ledge several kilometers (miles) inside the cave.

Chiang Rai deputy governor Passakorn Boonyaluck delivered the "sad news" of the diver's death to reporters massed at the entrance to the cave complex.

Ivan Katadzic, a Danish diving instructor who has been ferrying oxygen tanks into the cave, said after a dive on Friday he was "double positive" about the mission because the water level had dropped considerably. "He did not have enough on his way back".

Seal commander Mr Yookongkaew also stressed to a press conference on Friday that "things have changed" and there is only a "limited amount of time".

"If it rains and the situation is not good, we will try to bring the boys out", Narongsak said.

The members of the Wild Boar soccer team were reported missing on June 23 when they didn't return from an outing after soccer practice. If an expert diver couldn't make it, it would be much more hazardous for minor boys who can't swim to attempt to get out of the underground cave network themselves.

One boy wrote: "I'm doing fine, but the air is a little cold but don't worry". They would have to carry at least three oxygen tanks to reach them before replacing the tanks again as they leave. The second phase - which calls for unsafe and risky "buddy diving" of the soccer team out of the cave network - could start as early as Sunday morning local time.

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The incident marks the first major setback for the rescue effort.

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days as the only way to reach them was by navigating a series of dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents. Saman was helping with the rescue mission as a volunteer.

Rescue teams, meanwhile, have thrashed through dense forest above the cave complex, looking for a place to start drilling a rescue shaft.

The discovery of the boys inside the cave by British divers on Monday "was just a small victory", he said.

The recent death of a former member of the Royal Thai Navy inside the cave who was working as a volunteer rescuer has hindered some progress that was already underway. "On the way back from setting up oxygen bottles, Petty Officer First Class Gunan passed out".

Approaching torrential rains also threaten to derail the risky plan to move the boys through the cave system of linked chambers.

The boys sounded calm and reassuring in handwritten notes to their families that were made public Saturday.

It is believed the group may have entered as part of an initiation rite, although two mothers came forward to say they did not blame coach Ekkapol Chantawong for their boys' desperate circumstances.

"The pressure we are experiencing comes from working against the weather, as the forecasts tell us there will be heavy rain in this area within 48 hours", he said.

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