Sadly a former Thai Navy SEAL has died while trying to rescue soccer team that are trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Samarn Kunan, 37, died due to a lack of oxygen in the tunnel, said Commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew.

He was placing oxygen tanks through the cave’s underground network while preparing for a potential rescue mission for the young boys.

SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference on Friday morning that the rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters. He said while underwater, the rescuer passed out and efforts to resuscitate him failed.

“Despite this, we will continue until we accomplish our mission,” Arpakorn said.

Earlier this week rescuers discovered all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand.

Read more: WATCH The Moment a Team of Soccer Players and Their Coach Are Found Alive After 10 Days

The tragic death of an experienced diver underlines the dangerous risks in attempting to move the boys, who are physically weak after days without food.

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  • It is a tragedy that the diver lost his life trying to save the soccer players and their coach.
    I hope all involved have received counselling


  • He will be remembered for his help in saving these boys. RIP Samarn Kunan.


  • Wonderful that the whole team were rescued – but such a pity for the family of this Thai SEAL. Condolences to his family.


  • Already four out. Let’s hope more will be rescued today! :-)


  • So,sad. Hope they get out soon


  • I hope we hear good news that the boys are out soon. So sad that someone has lost their life whilst trying to save others.


  • At this very moment, because of the favourable weather conditions, they are trying to rescue them. I’ll cross my fingers that everything goes fine.


  • This is a horrible scenario. When I heard about the conditions the divers needed to ensure and remove their tanks at periods of time to fit and slither their way through, I knew it was only time before something sadly occurred. The job was filled with risk is high taska and I wish there was a more favourable outcome. I hope they have some luck in the coming days.


  • This situation is terrible. They are trying to do their best to save the kids, but with the rains will they be in time? Poor diver. Very sad. The coach must feel so bad about what happened. I hope they will all be rescued soon.


  • So very sad! Somehow I don’t know if there will be a good outcome for these poor people


  • This is very sad. My sympathy to his family.


  • So tragic! Just shows how dangerous the mission ahead is to rescue these boys!


  • Such a brave man. This is a very sad outcome.


  • Very sad he died trying to help others.


  • This Is really sad news poor man he was trying to help it gives u an idea how dangerous and delicate the rescue mission Is going to be hope they can be rescued fast.


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