Details on the remainder of the twelve young Thai boys and their football coach who reached safety yesterday after a daring underwater rescue from deep inside the six-mile long Tham Luang cave – an extraordinary feat that had gripped the world’s attention for over two weeks. Coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, was one of the last to be taken out of the cave during the final operation of a dangerous three-day mission spearheaded by an elite team of Thai, British and other international divers to extract the children, aged 11-16, who had been trapped by rapidly rising floodwaters. Heavy rainfall overnight had continued throughout the morning before the remaining four boys and their coach were rescued after eight of their teammates had been extracted in two batches on Sunday and Monday. I think it’s important to remember that before the final rescue, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan, 38, was exiting the cave when overtaken by a flash flood and died as he did not have enough oxygen left over. In escaping through a perilous, cragged passageway, much of which was submerged for over a mile, it was the boys showed courage and resolve in conditions that would challenge even the most experienced of divers… absolutely incredible.
Note: Three Navy Seals and an army medic had remained to look after them in their underground prison. The third rescue mission had begun earlier than previous ones, at 10:08am. It had been expedited because of the bad weather, but also as the rescue squad had streamlined their procedures from the first expeditions. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Thai prime minister confirmed on Tuesday that they had been given anti-anxiety medication – the same kind he took to calm his nerves when he went shooting – to help them not to panic.
(Source: Nicola Smith, The Telegraph; Image: yahoo.com)