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Thai cave rescue: Operation resumes for remaining 8 boys, coach
CBS News ^ | 07/08/17

Posted on 07/08/2018 6:30:19 PM PDT by Simon Green

Four members of a boys soccer team in Thailand were rescued Sunday from a flooded cave where they were trapped for 16 days. The team of divers is expected to resume the mission Monday to rescue the remaining eight boys and their soccer coach.

The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game. Monsoon flooding blocked off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for almost 10 days.

The four boys who were rescued were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai for evaluation. Two divers were assigned to each child to help them navigate the dangerous, narrow passageways. The next phase could begin Monday after rescue teams replenish the supply of oxygen tanks along the route. It could take two to four days complete the mission, officials said.

On Friday, the death of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place oxygen canisters along the route.

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn said Saturday that mild weather and falling water levels in recent days had created the "perfect" conditions for an underwater evacuation. Those conditions won't last if the rain resumes, he said.

Heavy rain started falling as soon as the four boys were removed from the cave. Narongsak said experts told him the new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to 108 square feet.

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1 posted on 07/08/2018 6:30:19 PM PDT by Simon Green
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I’m so impressed with these young boys. Swimming a mile underwater even with a Navy Seal type Diver right with you has to be a scary experience for these young boys.


2 posted on 07/08/2018 6:34:01 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas
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To: Simon Green

Prayers for their parents, living hell on steroids and then some. Prayers for their babies.


3 posted on 07/08/2018 7:08:07 PM PDT by lizma2
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To: Cen-Tejas

It’s not the swimming. It’s the tiny dark passages, esp. while swimming. I’M not claustrophobic but small cave passages give me the Heebie-jeebies.

AFAIK there are respites in swimming there. But still it’s a tight vein.


4 posted on 07/08/2018 7:09:12 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Federal-run medical care is as good as state-run DMVs.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

caves are scary and dark


5 posted on 07/08/2018 7:12:34 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Simon Green

Going from non-swimmmer to cave diver in one easy step is indescribable


6 posted on 07/08/2018 7:12:50 PM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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To: Simon Green

Thai media is reporting that one of the earlier rescues was the coach.

[Steve at Agenda-Free.TV]

https://youtu.be/vkuQ-TzX6tk


7 posted on 07/08/2018 7:13:34 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I would guess that the Thi Seals are psyching the kids:

*You crawled through these dark passages, now you get to swim through them and we are with you all the way. Your 4 buddies just did it, so can you.*

8 posted on 07/08/2018 7:20:08 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's fore sure)
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To: Cen-Tejas

They are not swimming a mile underwater.


9 posted on 07/08/2018 7:27:39 PM PDT by raybbr (That progressive bumper sticker on your car might just as wll say, "Yes, I'm THAT stupid!")
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To: Simon Green

Wonder if Trump offered help from the US Army Corp of Engineers.


10 posted on 07/08/2018 7:28:59 PM PDT by allendale (.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I’ve been in a cave, a small one in the Black Hills. Won’t do it again.


11 posted on 07/08/2018 7:29:25 PM PDT by virgil (The evil that men do lives after them)
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To: Simon Green

Almost half of them out and Elon Musk hasn’t even gotten his customs export forms filled out yet.


12 posted on 07/08/2018 7:31:15 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Simon Green
This is the last photo taken of Hero Sgt. Saman Kunan, a Thai ex-SEAL who died Thursday afternoon when he ran out of oxygen while returning from delivering oxygen tanks to the boys trapped in the cave. He retired from the Thai Navy and volunteered to help.


13 posted on 07/08/2018 7:34:25 PM PDT by caww
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To: allendale

FWIW, I read on Twitter that some on our Navy Seals are on site. Accuracy not guaranteed, just reporting what I saw.


14 posted on 07/08/2018 7:34:25 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: allendale

My guess would be that we along with numerous other countries have offered ANYTHING they need.


15 posted on 07/08/2018 7:34:45 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Wisdom and education are different things. Don't confuse them.)
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To: Simon Green

Media must like the clicks, they have not restarted the evacs, per the linked article.


16 posted on 07/08/2018 7:37:30 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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God Speed.

Everyday in this environment weakens them.


17 posted on 07/08/2018 7:40:28 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masss could be farts)
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To: cyclotic

Add the element of fire, and that’s a rough day..


18 posted on 07/08/2018 7:41:57 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masss could be farts)
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To: Deaf Smith

Very possibly.


19 posted on 07/08/2018 7:44:56 PM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masss could be farts)
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To: pbear8

I heard our seals are there, but only THAI SEALS are guiding the boys out. Because of the familiarity and language issues for the boys sense of trust and comfort. Makes sense.

My MARINE friend tonight said he had seen the Thai seals when he was over there..and they are excellant.


20 posted on 07/08/2018 7:45:04 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (WINNING! !!)
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