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Weekend Reads 'Stateless' boy who emerged as leader in Thailand cave was key to rescue

19:51  12 july  2018
19:51  12 july  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

A Daring Plan to Rescue Boys Trapped In Thai Cave Is Starting to Take Shape

  A Daring Plan to Rescue Boys Trapped In Thai Cave Is Starting to Take Shape A Daring Plan to Rescue Boys Trapped In Thai Cave Is Starting to Take ShapeEarlier this week, 12 Thai boys from a youth soccer team and their coach were discovered by diving experts trapped in an air pocket deep within a submerged cave system. Water levels within the cave complex aren’t expected to drop for months, but a daring plan to rescue the boys is now rapidly taking shape.

The 12 boys rescued from a cave in Thailand are reported to be feeling better Thursday morning. Since Adun's parents slipped him out of Myanmar eight years ago to escape the ethnic conflicts there, he's become one of many students at this school considered " stateless ."

The five Wild Boars who emerged Tuesday were immediately taken by ambulance and helicopter to a hospital in Chiang Rai, the nearest large city Stateless and Poor, Some Boys in Thai Cave Had Already Beaten Long Odds. Thailand Cave Rescue Turns to How to Extract Trapped Soccer Team.

The 12 boys rescued from a cave in Thailand are reported to be feeling better Thursday morning. The boys and their soccer coach have been hospitalized since their 18-day ordeal ended earlier this week and are expected to spend at least a week at the hospital, followed by 30 days at home. 

The British divers who found the boys also had a helper inside the cave: a student who was able to take a leadership role by translating for them. Staff at his school told CBS News' Anna Werner that's not surprising. He's a boy who has already faced significant challenges in his life and overcome them.

Final group was pulled from Thai cave just before water pump malfunction

Thai schoolboys not ready for underwater escape

  Thai schoolboys not ready for underwater escape Authorities in Thailand say that they will not immediately attempt an underwater evacuation of 12 schoolboys who have been trapped in a cave for almost two weeks because they have not learned adequate diving skills in the few days since searchers reached the area where they are sheltering. The official in immediate charge of the operation, Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, indicated strongly at a midnight news conference that if heavy rains started and appeared to be causing flooded areas in the cave to rise again, they would try to take the boys out with divers right away.

A displaced teen who escaped conflicts in Myanmar nearly a decade ago emerged as a hero after he and his soccer team became trapped in a Thai cave . (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP) (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images). A sand art about Thailand boys rescue tragedy is

Much of the trapped team had entered Thailand as stateless children. One boy , Adul, became their interpreter with foreign divers, taking the lead in the cave . “The military will score some points here,” said Rangsiman Rome, a student leader who has called for a restoration to democracy in Thailand

Teacher Kru Nice says 14-year-old Adun Sam-On has always been a leader, despite the fact he doesn't have his parents with him or even an official home.

Since Adun's parents slipped him out of Myanmar eight years ago to escape the ethnic conflicts there, he's become one of many students at this school considered "stateless." He's not a citizen of any country. Yet in Thailand, Adun is a top student and a standout athlete.

Kru said she was so worried when she learned Adun was trapped in the cave. But Adun's proficiency in languages – he speaks four – proved key inside the cave, as he acted as a translator for the British divers during the complicated rescue.

The boys were given anti-anxiety medication to keep them calm. In some portions of the journey, the boys were put into harnesses lying down. Rescuers used a rope system and high lines to pull them through the caverns.

Thailand's trapped boys: careless or courageous?

  Thailand's trapped boys: careless or courageous? Round-the-clock efforts by rescue teams in Thailand to save 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave have prompted some Thais to turn to social media to ask why they went in at all, and whether they deserve to be called heroes. The junior soccer players, who disappeared in the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai on June 23, were discovered on Monday by British divers in a partially flooded chamber.

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Thailand is considering giving citizenship to the coach and three stateless members of the Wild Boars football team who were dramatically rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex after more than two weeks All 12 boys and coach successfully rescued from Thai cave – as it happened.

Before they were found, a family member told CBS News the soccer players worked together to survive for nine days in the cave.  When the boys entered the cave they each had a flashlight, one watch and one mobile phone with light until the batteries died.

They were able to check a watch for the time for the first three days. They slept close together for warmth and took turns digging in the cave to try and redirect the water that had trapped them.  

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Now the boys are in the hospital where new video shows them sitting up in their beds, their relieved parents watching them through a window. It's the result Adun's teacher has been waiting for.

"He's a miracle boy," she said. "I'm so happy he's safe."

Thai Airways is providing round-trip tickets and an all-expenses-paid weeklong trip for all of the international volunteers who worked on the rescue. The tourism authority is also giving them all a five-year visa.

Thai officials said they plan to create an interactive museum at the cave that will feature items such as the clothing worn by rescuers. But for now, the cave is closed.

Should Tesla actually fire Elon Musk? .
In a since-deleted post on Twitter , Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk made some rather disparaging remarks regarding a British cave diver who aided in the rescue of 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand. Taking a quick step back, after some call-to-action on Twitter, Musk said he would try to assist in the dangerous cave-dive rescue. He had some of his top engineers design and test a miniature submarine that could hold one of the children while professional cave divers guided it out to safety. Although the capsule was flown to Thailand, it was never used.

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