A Thai naval diver who took part in the dramatic Tham Luang cave rescue operation in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand last year died of a blood infection that contracted during the rescue of the 12 young men and their football coach. , reported the Royal Thai Navy this Friday.
Mikko Paasi, one of the elite divers who participated in the rescue, and who DN interviewed in May, paid tribute to the Thai naval officer with a phrase he put on his Facebook page and said, “The cave continues to take lives.”
Twelve members of the Wild Boars football team and their coach Ekapol Chanthawong went exploring the cave on June 23 last year when rainwater flooded the galleries and trapped them inside. They survived for days until they were found.
A massive rescue operation was launched on July 10, when the youth and the coach were safely evacuated using a complex dive operation to evacuate the cave.
Bureerak is not the first victim among the rescue team. Another element, Navy diver Saman Kuman, died during the rescue operation that captured the world’s attention. This military man handed over an oxygen reserve to one of the children, and put his life at risk. It ran out of oxygen before it reached the surface and was the only recorded fatal victim at the time.