"On his way back he lost consciousness," Thai Navy Seal Commander Apakorn Yookongkaew was quoted as saying by AFP, adding that another diver had tried to help bring him out. However, Thai Navy Seal Commander stressed that "even though we have lost one man, we still have faith to carry out our work."
On Wednesday, Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations said it was ready to help rescue junior football team who has been trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for almost two weeks.
The governor of Chiang Rai province, said earlier that the rescue operation was too dangerous, adding that the rescue operation could be carried out in stages, depending on the situation in the cave and the physical state of each person trapped there.
On June 23, several hours after the 12 boys and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave, heavy rains prevented them from leaving. Over 1,000 Thai military personnel, rescuers and volunteers from both Thailand and other states participated in the operation to find the group.
Thai military use the water being pumped out of the flooded cave to wash their gear. pic.twitter.com/mhc0E5DOn9— Rian Maelzer (@rdamael) 5 июля 2018 г.