Thai military Beiret Bureerak, who participated in the rescue of twelve children and his guardian from a cave in northern Thailand last year, has died due to a blood infection contracted during the operation.
The 29-year-old soldier died despite receiving treatment in a hospital after rescue work, the Thai Navy said in a statement Friday on its Facebook page.
During the rescue the Thai diver Saman Kunan was drowned due to an accident when he was inside the cave, called Tham Luang and located in the northern province of Chiang Rai.
The twelve young people, who were then between 11 and 16 years old, and their 26-year-old guardian, entered the cave on June 23, 2018 after a soccer training and were located nine days later four kilometers from the entrance .
All of them were rescued in a complicated international rescue operation through the partially flooded galleries of the cave, which was completed on July 10.
After the rescue, the cave became a pilgrimage point for curious and tourists and the operation, which was followed by the media around the world, has been told in several books and film productions.