Thai military diver dies as window for cave rescue narrows

This photo taken and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 1, 2018 shows Thai Navy Seals navigating a flooded section of Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 1, 2018, as the rescue operation continues for a missing children's football team and their coach. Twelve Thai boys and their assistant football coach spent their eighth night trapped in a flooded cave, as a round-the-clock search was aided by better weather on July 1. / AFP PHOTO / ROYAL THAI NAVY / ROYAL THAI NAVY / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ROYAL THAI NAVY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Chiang Rai, Thailand-  A former Thai navy diver helping to rescue a football team trapped inside a flooded cave died Friday as officials warned the window of opportunity to free the youngsters is “limited”.

The death of a diver has raised serious doubts if the group of 12 trapped boys and their football coach will be rescued. Rescuers are struggling to reach the cramped waterlogged passageways of the Tham Luang cave.

But the Thai Navy SEAL commander seemed to indicted that the team will no have any other choice but to attempt an difficult extraction of the group, seemingly to admit that they cannot wait out the monsoon underground.

Apakorn Yookongkaew told reporters, “At first, we thought the children could stay for a long time… but now things have changed, we have a limited time.”

From a mood of pure joy from relatives and the nation, has turned into a somber one as they recongise that boys rescue will be harder than expected.

The boys were found dishevelled and hungry but alive on a ledge several kilometres (miles) inside the cave.

Many of the young boys can not swim and have no scuba experience, which has further dented their rescue efforts.

A Navy Seal commander still has hopes to rescue the group even though they have lost one of their own.

He said, ” We lost a man, but we still have hope to carry out our work.”

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