Thai navy Seal dies of infection from cave rescue

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A Thai Navy SEAL who rescued a football team trapped in a flooded cave last year has died from an infection he picked up during the operation.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Thai Navy, Petty Officer Beiret Bureerak, who had been receiving treatment for the blood infection, died on Friday after his condition worsened.

The Wild Boars football team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach were trapped in Tham Luang cave for 17 days before they were rescued. 

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