Thai Cave Rescue

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    This may be the most incredible story of rescuers ever seen. The nineteen Navy SEALs spent more than four hours per child, swimming and carrying them for 2 miles in dark caves filled with dirty water. And they did it 13 times.

    Never mind the children and their coach surviving so long without food and water. Or the three SEALs and the doctor who first reached the trapped ones with food and water and then stayed there for 18 days. As one of my friends remarked, “I wouldn’t have lasted an hour in there.”

    I admit I didn’t expect them all to get out alive. Enough to restore some faith in humanity.
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  2. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Glad they made it!
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  3. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    I was riveted to this story, from when they were found until today. As an experienced and trained diver, and knowing a thing or two about cave diving, I knew the risks they faced. Was very concerned, and was elated as each successful rescue was announced. Kudos to all involved. My heart goes out especially to the family of the one brave Thai Seal that lost his life working to save others. Bravo to him, and all the heros who made this incredible rescue possible.
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  4. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Me too man, this was incredible.
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  5. Sarah93003

    Sarah93003 Friend of Fred

    Amazing story. Sad for the Seal that didn't make it. I think this will make a fantastic movie one day. Prayers were answered in a big way!
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  6. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    It's about time we had a really good news story with a happy ending. Sadly one Thai Navy Seal was lost, and today we heard that the father of the Australian doctor had passed away just after the dramatic rescue was completed. People here in Australia are calling for the doctor to be chosen as "Australian of the Year"
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  7. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    What were those kids doing 4 km into a cave anyway... coach, coach?
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  8. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    I'm not sure how far they willing climbed in, but the theory is that as the water began to rise, cut off from the entrance, they were forced to go deeper to find higher ground.
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  9. knavel

    knavel Synchromatic

    Dec 26, 2009
    London, England
    Great story from beginning to end. Impressive that it was British divers in the first instance who located the group; a pity that one of the divers died; and a disgrace that Elon Musk inserted himself into the story for personal PR.
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  10. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    I'm so happy they've made it! My respect to all the helpers, especially the divers. The death of the seal is tragic. RIP, you're a hero!
    But: why visiting a dangerous cave in this time of the year???
  11. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I must say an incredible story and glad there all out but ... I must ask that question also . I had seen on the news the rescue worker crawling through tunnels / areas that only touched there backs and stomachs . And 2 miles in ? I just don't understand ....
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  12. russmack

    russmack Country Gent

    May 1, 2017
    ballina australia
    I'm buggered if I know how they were discovered in the first place.

    Apparently no-one knew that they were in trouble, and then a couple of British cave enthusiasts, just, sort of, found them.

    The Thai SEAL that didn't survive, well, what can any-one say. He was doing his job. But I feel for him and his family.

    A true story of persistence and courage displayed by everyone involved.

    Good news.

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  13. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    “Personal PR”?
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  14. Sarah93003

    Sarah93003 Friend of Fred

    I read that the coach and boys often hiked in the caves after soccer practice. There is a sign at the entrance that the caves can unexpectedly fill with water from July to October due to their rainy season. They went in June 23 so the coach called it a bit too close or didn't check the weather forecast.
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  15. oldtoast

    oldtoast Electromatic

    Apr 14, 2016
    No, that's not it at all - the cave specialists went in to look for them.
  16. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    They went in but found themselves cut off by water coming from sudden, heavy rainfall. Their only option was to go further into the cave system as the water continued to rise, to return the way they had come was no longer an option so they carried on until they were where they ended up. It wasn't planned to go 4km into the mountain, it was a question of survival.
    I don't know how far they were into the caves before the water started to rise (not far I'm guessing) but it seems that cave exploration after football practice was not unusual for them.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
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  17. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Yes, that's what happened. People need to stop blaming the coach. That's a very common activity in that area. The boys had been in the caves before. The coach led them to safety and apparently taught them to meditate to help get through the ordeal. Most importantly the boys' parents issued a statement that they didn't condemn what he did.
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  18. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    I bet it will be now.
  19. knavel

    knavel Synchromatic

    Dec 26, 2009
    London, England
    Literally personal public relations. I meant it was a disgrace in my view how he sought to make it about him.
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  20. Roger49

    Roger49 Country Gent

    Feb 18, 2015
    Many of us have followed this drama holding our breath and I for one was starting to think they would never be freed, that they would all die there, trapped.
    I can't remember the last time I was so glad to have been wrong. Hats off to the team of rescuers, just the small task of treatment to the minds of those trapped for so long - it must have been like hell on earth.
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