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Ex-Navy Seal dies on mission to deliver oxygen to Thai football team trapped in cave

The body of Saman Gunan, a former Thai navy SEAL who died during an overnight mission, is carried during a repatriation and religious rites ceremony at Chiang Rai Airport in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand Friday.

But families have only been able to hear from their children through footage uploaded to the Thai Navy Seal Facebook page. The boys are weak but for the most part physically healthy.

The 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their coach have now been trapped in the water-filled cave in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand, for 13 days.

"Originally we were exploring it as a way to bring supplies to the children from the back end of the cave, but now it could become more", Thanes said.

Musk hopes his engineers can join the already huge operation being carried out in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and global experts are attempting to find a way to get the boys out. If cave floods again, it would much more hard to reach them. In the most recent videos a Navy SEAL is shown treating minor cuts on the feet and legs of the boys with antibiotic ointment.

"Everybody is focusing on getting these boys out - keeping them alive or getting them out". Picture: SuppliedThe boys are not ready to dive yet.

"We won't let our colleagues die for nothing".

Thai navy SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told reporters he believes there is "a limited amount of time" left to rescue the 12 boys and their soccer coach located deep inside the cave's winding chambers.

Some experts have suggested the team stay in place until flooding subsides, which could mean months.

The UK divers who first reached the boys described their dive as "gnarly" and full of tight passages submerged with opaque waters.

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Officials say that they are still forging ahead with the rescue plan in spite of Kunan's death.

He said it is unknown when an extraction could be attempted, but it is unlikely to be Wednesday.

May you rest in peace and we will accomplish this mission as you had wished. "It has to be 100 percent safe".

Other potential options include scouring the mountainside for a backchannel into the cave, as well as finding faster ways to pump water from the cave.

The death lays bare the difficulties of extracting the boys from the cave, none of whom are professional divers and and are all in a weakened state after being trapped since 23 June.

"We have to try to set the plan and find which plan is the best", said Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn, according to the Guardian.

They are hoping that an upgraded draining effort can lower the water level in an area where it is still at the ceiling or just about. The idea is to get some headroom so the boys would not be reliant on scuba apparatus for a long stretch and could keep their heads above water.

The Thai navy is teaching the boys the basics of diving, with a view to guiding them out through flood waters.

The British Cave Rescue Council, which has members taking part in the operation, said in a statement that "although water levels have dropped, the diving conditions remain hard and any attempt to dive the boys and their coach out will not be taken lightly because there are significant technical challenges and risks to consider".

"There's air pockets along the way", he said.

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