A former Thailand navy diver Saman Gunan, who was part of the rescue team to save 12 boys and their coach trapped in a cave, lost his life during the operation. Former Thailand navy officer Saman Gunan was on the duty to deliver oxygen tanks, lost consciousness while he was coming out of the Tham Luang cave. The officer was part of one of the 13 rescue teams which have been assigned to save 12 boys and their head coach, trapped in Tham Luang cave from past 15 days (June 23) after flood water hit the region. Reports say that so far a total of 4 boys have been rescued and admitted to a local army hospital. The rescue operation is expected to resume after 10-20 hours. In the first phase of rescue operation, healthier boys were evacuated first.
Earlier in the day, Chiang Rai’s governor, Narongsak Osotthanakorn while speaking on the rescue mission said that they were prepared for the evacuation process as it was a D-day. The rescue operation began on Sunday and soon lives of 4 out of 12 boys were saved. Earlier there were reports that 6 boys were evacuated from the cave but later it was confirmed that only 4 boys were evacuated. However, current reports say that the next part of the rescue operation will commence after 10-20 hours.
Earlier on June 23, Wild Board, a junior soccer team of 12 boys along with their coach went on to explore Tham Luang cave in Chian Rai province in Thailand. The 25-year-old coach was heading the expedition of his team comprising 12 boys aged 11-16 years. Tham Luang cave lies under the Doi Nang Non mountain, near Thailand-Myanmar border. Reports say that when the boys along with their coach entered the cave, it was dry at that point in time. However, things turned ugly for the team when they were hit by a sudden flow of water inside the cave due to heavy rainfall.
Local authorities were informed by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation about a group which was trapped in the cave after some unclaimed belongings were found at the cave entrance. After getting the information that a group is trapped inside the cave, military divers along with United States Pacific Command personnel and British cave diving experts established contact with the trapped boys.
Following this, an action plan was formulated by the authorities with the help of latest technology and a team of 13 foreign and 5 Thai divers launched the evacuation operation to save the lives of 12 boys and their coach.