British Cave Rescuers in Thailand: 'Best in the Business'

British Cave Rescuers in Thailand: 'Best in the Business'

British Cave Rescuers in Thailand: 'Best in the Business'

Miraculously they were found, but that's not the end of the story - now rescuers need to get them out.

"As rain is forecast in the next few days, the evacuation must be sped up". Thailand's monsoon season has just begun, and with every storm that hits Chiang Rai, the water inside the cave continues to rise.

"None of them can swim or dive so that's going to be a real challenge", he added. Officials are considering giving all 13 of them a crash course in cave diving so that they can swim through flooded passages. And the kind of diving these boys would have to learn to do is not the kind of diving most people are familiar with.

There is no simple way to save the trapped team.

If the pumping operations are a success and the water levels in the cave drop, then alternatives may be found.

He told Divernet magazine that his cave diving rescue work - for which he received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) - was a "hobby" and entirely a "voluntary service".

The governor of Chiang Rai, Narongsak Osoththanakorn, said that "no risk" would be taken in rescuing the boys.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year old coach, went missing on June 23.

After all the efforts, two divers from the United Kingdom reportedly made the first contact with the trapped group at about 10:30 p.m. local time on Monday.

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A video taken by the Thai Navy showed the boys sitting or standing on the rock above an expanse of water.

In the tape of the encounter, one of the British rescuers asks, in English, how many were in the group. Officials have said the rescue operation could take months. "10 days. You are very strong".

A team of Thai Navy Seals and medics are in the cave with the boys and their coach, and there are two main plans to get them to safety.

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Teams of Navy Seal divers worked their way through submerged passageways to get supplies to the boys and their coach.

The British divers described their three-hour round-trip into the cave as challenging because of the murkiness of the water.

In Boston, members of the Thai community were riveted by the ordeal. Thai authorities called on them to help.

Authorities say the only ways the 12 teenage boys and their coach can escape will be by learning to scuba dive, getting dragged out by divers, or waiting months for the flooding that trapped them in the cave to subside.

Volanthen, a computer engineer, told the Sunday Times in 2013 that the secret to cave diving was keeping a cool head.

"Panic and adrenaline are great in certain situations - but not in cave diving", he said. What you want is nice and boring.

A limestone cave complex is like a giant sponge, said Amy Frappier, a professor of geosciences at Skidmore College who has done extensive research in caves.

However, heavy seasonal rains and rising muddy waters blocking access to the cave's inner chambers posed a hard challenge for the rescuers.

That appears to be what happened here: The boys and their coach walked into the cave, and then the rain came. The rescue diver replied, "England, UK". But experts have warned that this could take a long time.

The military said Tuesday it was preparing enough food for four months but did not speculate they could be in there that long. "Now we have given food to the boys, starting with food that is easy to digest and provides high energy", Thai Navy Seal Chief Rear Adm. Aphakorn Yoo-kongkaew told reporters at a news conference on July 3. The boys are being entertained, and a phone line is being installed to permit them to speak with their families, the BBC reported. They must be able to use diving gear.

He said, "We found them safe".

Khaosod English, a Bangkok-based news organization, reported that officials are calling for donations of small diving masks that would fit the boys, as regular diving equipment could be too unsafe.

However, he will stay in Chiang Rai until the mission is completed, she said. "In these 10 days, how many million seconds have there been?"

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