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Thai cave rescue diver dies from infection contracted while saving boys

Beirut Pakbara has died from an infection 17 months after he was part of a team that rescued the football boys
A member of the team that saved 12 boys from a flooded cave in Thailand has died from an infection he picked up during the daring rescue.

Petty Officer 1st Class Beirut Pakbara, a Thai Navy Seal, contracted a blood infection as he navigated the Tham Luang cave complex last year.

He was under medical supervision and had been in and out of hospital since the rescue last summer, his mother said.

However his condition worsened and he passed away in hospital yesterday.

He was buried the same day in his home province of Satun, local media reported.

Beirut Pakbara died in hospital on Friday, his family and Thai officials said (Picture: Facebook)
The boys were trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex before they were rescued (Picture: AFP)
Beirut’s death is the second linked to the high-profile operation that saw the boys and their football coach rescued after spending two weeks in..

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Beirut Pakbara has died from an infection 17 months after he was part of a team that rescued the football boys

A member of the team that saved 12 boys from a flooded cave in Thailand has died from an infection he picked up during the daring rescue.

Petty Officer 1st Class Beirut Pakbara, a Thai Navy Seal, contracted a blood infection as he navigated the Tham Luang cave complex last year.

He was under medical supervision and had been in and out of hospital since the rescue last summer, his mother said.


However his condition worsened and he passed away in hospital yesterday.

He was buried the same day in his home province of Satun, local media reported.

Thai cave rescue diver dies from infection contracted 17 months after saving boys Petty Officer 1st Class Bayroot Pakbara TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION. PLEASE LEGAL. https://www.facebook.com/RoyalThaiNavyFanpage/photos/a.947905158570335/3151128851581277/?type=3&theater
Beirut Pakbara died in hospital on Friday, his family and Thai officials said (Picture: Facebook)
Thai rescue personnel are set up at the entrance of Tham Luang cave under floodlights to conduct operations to find the missing members of the children's football team along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province on June 26, 2018. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) (Photo credit should read LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)
The boys were trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex before they were rescued (Picture: AFP)

Beirut’s death is the second linked to the high-profile operation that saw the boys and their football coach rescued after spending two weeks in the caves.

Lieutenant Commander Saman Gunan died while resupplying oxygen tanks on July 6 2018 and a statue of him was later erected near the cave’s entrance.

The Wild Boars youth football team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach had been exploring the cave complex after training.

But a downpour flooded the tunnels and trapped them deep underground.

This Monday, July 2, 2018, file photo released by Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center, shows the boys and their soccer coach as they were found in a partially flooded cave, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand. The 12 boys and coach found after 10 days are mostly in stable medical condition and have received high-protein liquid food, officials said Tuesday, though it is not known when they will be able to go home. (Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center via AP, File)
The boys and their football coach spent two weeks in the cave before they were rescued (Picture: AP)
epa07964109 A handout photo made available by the Chiang Rai Provincial Public Relations Office shows people taking photographs at the entrance of the Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand, 01 November 2019. The cave opened to tourists on 01 November, more than one year after a youth soccer team remained trapped inside for 18 days. The Thai Wild Boar soccer team became trapped deep inside the flooded Tham Luang cave on 23 June 2018. All of the 13 team members were rescued in a large-scale operation between 08 and 10 July 2018. EPA/CHIANG RAI PROVINCIAL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
The complex opened up to tourists in November this year (Picture: EPA)

They spent nine nights lost in the cave before they were spotted by an expert diver.

A team then went in and guided each other boys out on special stretchers.

The operation required placing oxygen canisters along the path where the divers navigated dark, tight and twisting passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents.

The boys were eventually freed after 17 days underground and the rescue effort involved over 90 divers and attracted worldwide attention.

The cave complex, in the northern Chiang Rai province, was only re-opened to tourists last month.


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