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Thai authorities say rescuer in cave dead from lack of oxygen

Posted: 11:16 PM, Jul 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-06 03:47:52Z

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Thai authorities say a former Navy SEAL working to rescue boys trapped in cave has died from lack of oxygen.

SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference Friday morning that the rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters.

Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from a flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23.