Beirut Pakbara Biography
Beirut Pakbara is a Thai Navy SEAL who has died from an infection he contracted during the daring rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand last year.
Beirut Pakbara Death
The Thai Royal Navy confirmed the death of Petty Officer Beirut Pakbara in a statement Friday.
“Mourning Sergeant Major Beirut Pakbara, the hero of the cave who passed away. The Royal Thai Navy would like to express our deepest condolences to Beirut’s family,” the statement read.
Beirut Pakbara Blood Infection
Beirut contracted a blood infection during the rescue operation at Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand. He had been seeking medical treatment over the past year, but his condition worsened after the infection got into his bloodstream, according to the Thai Royal Navy.
Twelve members of the Wild Boars youth football team and their coach entered Tham Luang’s extensive cave network on June 23 last year and were caught when a downpour flooded the cave complex.
They could not get out of narrow passages, and the rising water forced them to seek shelter on a ledge. The boys were found two weeks later, in early July, but the cheers quickly subsided when they realized that saving them would be extremely dangerous.
The world watched as a team of SEALs from the Thai Navy and international cave diving experts led the mission to find them again and eventually evacuate the boys one by one.
During the effort, Saman Kunan, also a former Thai Navy seal, died when he returned from supplying oxygen tanks. An official said at the time that he was running out of air under water.
The last of the group, the trainer, successfully completed July 10th.
The little officer Beirut Pakbara, a seal of the Thai Navy, caught a blood infection during the rescue in the Tham Luang cave.
Beirut was under medical supervision, but his condition worsened and he died on Friday.
Another rescuer, Saman Gunan, died during the operation.
Saman, a former Thai Navy diver, had delivered air tanks and was on his way out of the cave complex when he ran out of air and passed out. A statue of him was later placed near the cave entrance.
Beirut was buried in his home province of Satun in a ceremony after Islamic burial rituals, officials said.