One of the rescuers of the soccer team trapped in a Thai cave died of a blood infection that he contracted during the rescue operation a year and a half ago. Sergeant Beirut Pakbara died of his infection on Friday, the Thai Navy said on Facebook. His condition deteriorated visibly despite constant medical surveillance.
On June 23, 2018, twelve boys and their soccer coach were trapped by rapidly increasing water masses on a trip to the Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand. After the training, the 11- to 16-year-old boys drove with their trainer to the cave in the forest park Khun Nam Nang Non and went in - although signs warned against entering the cave during the rainy season. After nine days, divers had discovered the missing. An international team of cave rescue specialists released the group after a total of 17 days.
Elite soldiers from the Thai Navy and extreme divers from all over the world were involved in the rescue operation. Even then, Thai marine diver Saman Gunan was killed while bringing oxygen cylinders into the cave. A statue was erected near the cave entrance in his honor.
The cave system in the mountain range of the Doi-Nang-Non mountain range has hardly been explored geologically. According to current knowledge, the main passage of the Tham Luang cave system has a length of around ten kilometers and an average mountain coverage of several hundred meters.