Federation Internationale de Football Association chief invites Thai kids trapped in cave to World Cup final

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

The cave system in Mae Sai, northern Thailand, is losing oxygen as they continue to try and deliver aid supplies to the kids and coach through a pipe.

His diving partner tried performing CPR on him but was unable to revive him.

He died due to lack of oxygen when attempting to return to a command center.

"It was sad news".

This could not be independently corroborated by Reuters, but Narongsak, a former provincial governor, told reporters earlier on Saturday that the next three to four days was "the best and most ideal time for the rescue operation". "His job was to deliver oxygen".

The letter, signed by Fifa President Gianni Infantino, also said they would like to invite the youngsters and their coach to the World Cup final in Russian Federation - if they are rescued in time and well enough to travel.

Volunteer diver Mikko Paasi said that the mood at the camp had changed since the rescue team learned of Kunan's death.

Many fans on social media said the boys deserved the World Cup trophy for the way they have handled their ordeal.

SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew told a news conference Friday morning that the rescuer was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters.

"We have been trained to always be dealing with risks", he said. "We won't let the life lost be wasted".

The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the northern province after a soccer game June 23.

Finnish volunteer diver Mikko Paasi, a long-term resident of Thailand, said Kunan's death had changed the mood on the ground and made real for rescuers just how risky the mission had become. The boys are said to be too weak from malnutrition to even make the trek.

Two of the boys and the coach are suffering from exhaustion through malnutrition, which could make it nearly impossible for them to attempt the perilous journey, a Navy source told CNN. They were found on July 2, but because of the difficulty of their position in the cave, they can't be rescued yet.

A third option would be to teach the boys to use scuba gear, and they then dive through the flooded tunnels, the way their rescuers reached them.

Dozens of Royal Thai Army soldiers rested on rocks outside the cave, with two of them saying they had been told by superiors that the rescue operation would likely begin Sunday or the day after. The boys, although skinny, have been described as in good health. "We will complete the mission for you".

King Maha Vajiralongkorn thanked those involved in finding the soccer team nicknamed the Wild Boars.

He was part of a team trying to establish an airline to the chamber where the children are awaiting rescue.

But the path to freedom is hugely unsafe for the boys, some of whom are unable to swim and have no scuba experience in an environment with low visibility that confounds even the most skilled.

The diver's mission was to bring oxygen tanks and carry lines along the passageways between a forward operating base and the muddy embankment where the children and coach are sheltering.

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