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.
Twelve members of the Wild Boars youth soccer team and their coach entered the sprawling Tham Luang cave network on June 23 last year and were trapped when a downpour flooded the cave complex.
The last of the group, the coach, successfully exited July 10.