The first casualty has been claimed in the saga of the trapped young boys in Thailand.
Shortly after returning from a mission on Friday morning, a former Thai SEAL died.
Saman Kunan had previously served with the Thai SEALs responsible for rescuing the boys.
When he saw them trapped, he immediately volunteered to help in any way he could.
He had been tasked with placing oxygen canisters in the caves for the boys on an overnight mission.
Upon returning, he reportedly passed out and was pronounced dead on Friday morning.
Over the last few days, things seemed a bit more upbeat in regard to the chances for the boys surviving this ordeal.
That all changed with the death of Kunan.
It is now painfully obvious this rescue mission is going to be far more difficult than most originally believed.
According to reports, it takes about six hours to go from the entrance to the location of the boys.
The caves being flooded, and monsoon rains in the weekend forecast, make the window to get the boys out safely very narrow.
SEAL Commander Rear Admiral Arpakorn Yoookongkaew stated, “At first, we thought that we could sustain the kids’ lives for a long time where they are now, but now, many things have changed.”
He added, “We have a limited amount of time.”
One of the biggest challenges rescuers face right now is the lack of oxygen supply for the boys.
In addition, most of the boys cannot swim, let alone have SCUBA experience.
While many people are sending well wishes, volunteers are also pouring in to try to save these boys before time runs out.
Among them, Elon Musk sent engineers from two of his companies to help assess the problem and help find a solution that can get the boys out before it is too late.
We can only hope a solution is found before the weather takes over and makes a rescue attempt impossible.