The effort to rescue a dozen Thai soccer players and their coach who were found alive in a flooded cave system in Thailand took a tragic turn this week when a former Thai Navy diver died while helping with rescue efforts.

Given how far into the cave the kids and their coach were found along with the extent of the flooding, getting them out is no simple matter, as this week’s tragic death attests. Rescuers have begun teaching the boys basic diving skills.  It seems they are now in a race against time as further heavy rain is predicted which may flood the cave system further, posing a threat to both the soccer players as well as the rescue operation.

Two additional British cave diving experts left the UK this week, bound for Thailand. Rather than dive, though, the pair will help coordinate efforts from the surface.

To read more about the role of the “Surface Control Team,” check out xray-mag.com.

Thailand Military are involved in trying to rescue the boys
Thailand Military are involved in trying to rescue the boys

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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