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US News How Rescuers Pulled Off the Impossible in a Treacherous Thai Cave

06:05  11 july  2018
06:05  11 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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MAE SAI, Thailand — It began as a misadventure by 12 boys and their soccer coach in a flood-prone northern Thai cave , which soon seemed destined to end in tragedy. It turned into a nearly three-week-long story of survival, international collaboration and triumph over the impossible

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MAE SAI, Thailand — It began as a misadventure by 12 boys and their soccer coach in a flood-prone northern Thai cave, which soon seemed destined to end in tragedy.

It turned into a nearly three-week-long story of survival, international collaboration and triumph over the impossible — one that was avidly embraced and followed live across the world.

A team of cave divers rescued the last of the boys and their coach on Tuesday from deep inside the warren of underground passages near Thailand’s border with Myanmar, one of Southeast Asia’s more remote regions.

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One by one, the divers brought the final four members of the Wild Boars team and their coach out of the flooded Tham Luang Cave.

How they did it was a mix of trial and error, improvisation, skill, massive water pumps, miles of guide rope and strategically placed air tanks along the two-mile-long escape route, much of it submerged.

It took 10 days for rescuers to even locate the boys, then nearly a week before the rescue could even begin.

One diver died in preparing the evacuation. The other rescuers, laden with scuba gear, carried the boys — who could not swim and wore full face masks — as they squeezed through flooded crevices that would challenge the most seasoned divers. The final trek to freedom took four hours or more per child.

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President Donald Trump joined those paying tribute to the rescuers . “On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand ,” he tweeted.

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“We are not sure if this is a miracle, or science, or what,” the Thai Navy SEALs posted on their Facebook page. “All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave.”

The rescue of the Wild Boars touched a global nerve, an uplifting counterpoint to the wars, atrocities, ethnic conflicts and crises afflicting countries like Syria, South Sudan and Yemen — not to mention closer to home in Myanmar and in Thailand itself, where there is a long-running war near the southern border.

For many people around the world, Thailand’s extraordinary operation to save 12 boys and their coach was a welcome contrast to the images of the United States separating immigrant children from their parents and locking them up.

The five Wild Boars who emerged Tuesday were immediately taken by ambulance and helicopter to a hospital in Chiang Rai, the nearest large city, and were to be placed in quarantine with the eight boys rescued Sunday and Monday.

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Rescuers are bringing in supplies and equipment through the cave ’s main entrance. None have ever used diving gear, and at least some of the boys don’t know how to swim at all. About 140 cave divers from Thailand and around the world are preparing for the rescue.

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They were expected to stay for about a week in quarantine, where family members who once feared they were dead can see them through a window.

Among the last to emerge from the cave was the Boars’ 25-year-old soccer coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, who helped the boys stay alive by conserving their energy during the 10 days before aid arrived.

a group of people on a cave: Thai soldiers set up lights deep in the cave on June 26 during the start of the rescue operation. © Lillian Suwanrumpha/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Thai soldiers set up lights deep in the cave on June 26 during the start of the rescue operation.

Family members and friends were predictably ecstatic over the news that everyone was finally safe. Hundreds of millions of others around the world cheered with them.

“It was 18 days but it felt like years,” said Prayuth Jetiyanukarn, the abbot at a temple in the town of Mae Sai where Mr. Ekkapol works.

The abbot’s eyes welled.

“I’m so happy, but it’s not just for Ek and the team,” he said. “The whole world has been watching over these 18 days and they are celebrating with us.”

At a packed news conference after the rescue, the chief of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, was visibly pleased.

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“We have done something that no one expected that we could complete,” he said. “It was an impossible mission.”

Also making their way out of the cave were four Thai divers, an army doctor and three members of the Thai Navy SEALs, who had stayed in the cave with the Boars for more than a week after they were found and helped them prepare for their underwater escape.

Mr. Narongsak said that all four divers were healthy after eight days underground. They are expected to join the Wild Boars and Mr. Ekkapol in quarantine, however, because of the fear of infection.

“This morning, I promised to take nine people out,” Mr. Narongsak said. “We’re a success now.”

Tham Luang Cave, about two miles from the border with Myanmar, is the bed of an underground river that flows during the monsoon season.

The cave also is a maze of passageways and chambers, with side routes and dead ends that make it formidable to navigate, especially when filled with water.

Just reaching the cavern where the group ultimately took refuge was a feat even for the most skilled searchers.

The Wild Boars and their coach entered the cave after their soccer practice on June 23, a week before the rainy season generally begins.

But a heavy rain started falling and the cave complex quickly began to fill with water, forcing them deeper into the maze to avoid drowning.

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Mr. Narongsak, then the governor of Chiang Rai Province, began organizing a search, a task that he later said seemed hopeless.

Nonetheless, Mr. Narongsak and other officials threw themselves into it. They mobilized dozens of members of the Thai Navy SEALs, hundreds of soldiers, volunteers and workers from 20 government agencies.

Leaders of the operation tried every approach they could devise.

a person wearing a costume: This undated photo taken recently and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 7 shows a group of Thai Navy divers in Tham Luang Cave during the rescue operation for 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach. © Royal Thai Navy, via Getty Images This undated photo taken recently and released by the Royal Thai Navy on July 7 shows a group of Thai Navy divers in Tham Luang Cave during the rescue operation for 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach.

Some failed, such as searching for a back door to the cave or drilling holes from the mountain above in the hope of lifting the boys out.

But two made a big difference: installing massive pumps to drain water from the cave and building an improvised dam to keep floodwaters from flowing in.

To help the members of the Navy SEALs, who had little experience in cave diving, search leaders turned to a group of highly skilled foreign cave divers, a rare breed of explorer.

The boys and their coach were finally found on July 2 by two British divers who were extending guide lines into the cave.

One diver, John Volanthen, reached the end of his line, fastened it in the mud, and emerged from the water to find 13 pairs of eyes staring at him.

The boys, having no idea of the international fixation over their plight, were surprised to learn that the diver was from Britain.

Had Mr. Volanthen’s line been 15 feet shorter, he would most likely have missed them.

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Rescuers are now deciding how best to extract the final five people trapped in the Thai cave . Eight of the 12 young footballers have now been brought out of the treacherous cave system by divers after four were removed on Sunday, the first day of the operation.

The boys requested food and asked whether they could leave right away. But that operation would take another six days to start, and two more before all were evacuated.

The four Thai divers stayed with them, nursing them back to health and feeding them a high-protein diet.

Officials said that extracting the boys through the treacherous underwater passageways would be more difficult than finding them. Few, if any, of the boys knew how to swim, much less use diving gear.

Ultimately, the rescue officials concocted a plan to have small teams of divers bring out the boys by holding them under their bodies as they swam. The boys wore full face masks, rather than scuba gear, to make it easier for them to breathe underwater.

A successful rescue depended on positioning a supply of air tanks along the route they would take.

Disaster struck early Friday when a volunteer diver, Saman Gunan, 38, a former member of the Thai Navy SEALs, lost consciousness and died as he returned from putting air tanks in place.

“I call him the hero of Tham Luang Cave,” Mr. Narongsak said.

On the first two days of the rescue, 18 divers — 13 foreigners and five Thai — took part, bringing out four boys each time. On the final day, at least 12 divers took part.

Jintrakarn Sriwanithkul, 18, a student at the Mae Sai Prasitsart School attended by six of the Wild Boars, grew excited at word of the successful rescue.

“It’s amazing news,” he said. “When I first heard about them being missing, I thought they’d come out in two to three days because they knew the cave well.”

Foreign journalists converged on the cave by the hundreds in the kind of mass coverage usually reserved for major news events, like the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 four years ago.

For Thailand’s military leaders, who seized power in a coup the same year and have yet to hold promised elections, the rescue was an opportunity to show their concern for residents of the country’s northernmost province.

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Leaders around the world praised the efforts of Thai rescuers and their international helpers. President Trump tweeted that it was “a beautiful moment,” adding “great job.” Conditions in the caves were treacherous , with limited visibility in muddy waters, jagged rock and tight tunnels with sharp turns.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, who let it be known early on that he was closely following the search effort, donated food and supplies.

Whether the king’s unusual personal interest gave added impetus to the effort is unclear. But a top police official who visited the cave told search leaders to spare no expense.

The prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former general, visited the cave twice to meet with officials, rescue workers and families of the missing boys. He assured relatives that the government would not abandon them.

In the end, the final rescue part of the mission took just under nine hours, starting from the time the divers entered the cave to the time they had emerged with all four boys and Mr. Ekkapol.

“I would like to say thank you to His Majesty and royal family to support us,” Mr. Narongsak said. “I am thankful for all support from Thai people and all around the world.”

Some members of the Thai Navy SEALs stayed near the cave at quarters in Mae Sai. By the end, scuba gear, boxes of instant noodles and wet towels were strewn all around.

One member of the SEALs said that the operation might have looked easy from the graphics in newspapers, but that it was tough. They worked 12-hour days at a minimum and returned to quarters exhausted.

Nangnoung Namun, a weaver by trade who has been cooking hundreds of meals a day for the SEAL team as a volunteer, was elated by the successful rescue.

“Now I can sleep peacefully,” she said. “I’m so relieved.”

The first confirmation that all 13 were finally safe came from the SEAL team with a post on their Facebook page shortly before 7 p.m.

“12 boars and coach are out of the cave,” they announced. “Everyone is safe.”

“Hooyah,” the Facebook post concluded.

Thai cave rescue to get Hollywood treatment .
The rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand - in a race against time and the rain - has captivated the world. But even as the complex rescue was underway, with the safety of the boys far from assured, plans for a Hollywood film were springing into action.As teams of navy SEALs and cave diving experts from across the globe extracted the boys one by one from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province, Hollywood producers were already on the scene. © Getty British cave-diver John Volanthen walks out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

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