A Thai navy SEAL who took part in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand last year has died from a blood infection that he contracted during the rescue.
Petty Officer Beiret Bureerak had been receiving treatment, but his condition worsened, the Royal Thai Navy said in a statement on Friday.
Wild Boars Academy’s coach and 12 boys went to explore the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai province on June 23, 2018, when a downpour flooded the cave and trapped them underground. They survived for nine days on water dripping from rocks before they were found.
Volunteers from all over the world joined the rescue. The boys and their coach were brought out safely on July 10, 2018.