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Ekapol Chanthawong on a trip with the Wild Boars to a meditation trip

Ekapol Chanthawong on a trip with the Wild Boars to a meditation trip

There will be a funeral in his home town in Rioet Province, in the north-east of Thailand.

Saman Guman, a former Thai Navy Seal, died while trying to deliver oxygen tanks to the trapped soccer team.

Thai SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew has said the tragedy won't stop the rescue mission.

"In the previous days we were fighting with time".

The lives of 12 boys and a coach who are trapped in the Tham Luang cave are in great danger despite efforts to save them by the authorities.

"The [rescue] plan can be adapted and changed".

Rescuers had fed a kilometres-long air pipe into the cave to restore oxygen levels in the chamber where the team was sheltering with medics and expert divers. "If that's the case, then we have to reassess the situation", he said.

Meanwhile, Narongsak Osottanakorn said on Friday evening that the boys can not be rescued immediately, The Guardian reported.

There will likely be at least 12 hours of radio silence after the divers commence their rescue mission, which means that their prospects of success will not be known until midnight or later, Australian time. The hand-written letters from the boys soccer team, ages 11-16, were filled with love and hope.

He was brought out of the cave by his dive partner, but efforts to revive him proved futile.

Technology guru Elon Musk, who is consulting on possible rescue methods, tweeted that he was considering "a tiny, kid-size submarine" for a rescue.

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The boys and their coach are trapped a long distance into the flooded cave.

The boys also wrote saying they are doing well and missing their families.

They'd participated in rescue drills in the past few days, he said.

"Today the most important thing is to get the air tube into the cave", he said.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said authorities were waiting for two big groups of volunteer foreign divers to arrive this weekend, after which they will be ready to act quickly to bring the team members out when the conditions are right.

The rescue mission began after rain showers soaked the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province for the past 24 hours, heightening the risks in what the governor has called a "war with water and time" to save the team.

Another concern, he added, was the growing concentration of carbon dioxide exhaled by the boys and rescue workers. "At that point, the passage bends and the water level is very high".

Water levels have dropped significantly in the cave, so the boys will be able to walk out for part of the way before they have to make a treacherous dive in dark and muddy waters out of the narrow cave passageways, officials said. "At this point it is too unsafe to dive".

"When you starve yourself, your body takes away and uses all the current nutrients", he said.

Oxygen has gotten low because of the large number of people now in the cave.

The boys are also being taught swimming and basic scuba inside the cave.

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