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    Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    Donít know if anyone else is following this story. 12 kids and their soccer coach found after 9 days in a cave.

    4 boys were brought out yesterday. Word is that a second group is on the way out and may surface by around noon Monday our time. They were considered the weakest, and their rescue took hours less than expected. But over an inch of rain has fallen so the pumps they have running havenít lowered to water any further.

    A 38 year old former member of Thailandís UDT (Underwater Demolition Team, being called ďThai SEALsĒ in the press) died while placing oxygen tanks for the rescue effort.

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    Re: Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    I'm SCUBA certified and did some cave diving in Fla. I've heard people say "6 hours to get to them, it's only 2 miles" and wonder if these people have ever navigated flooded caves in the dark. It's amazing they actually found them to begin with.

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    Re: Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    The two British divers who found the boys are 47 and 57 years old.

    Reports are second group of four are on the way out and two are out of the cave.

    The 38yo diver who died left behind a wife. So heroic and so sad.

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    Re: Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    I haven't heard the particulars of the man's death. I heard he was setting O2 tanks, I assume those were just compressed air tanks, not truly O2, I don't think there is any depths they are hitting to justify decomp or need of pure oxygen. Unless those tanks were for purging air into the caves for general breathing? In any case, it is sad the man died.

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    Re: Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    8 boys now out!

    “Ekapol and the boys, aged 11-16, went missing after soccer practice on June 23, setting out on an adventure to explore the cave complex near the border with Myanmar and celebrate a boy's birthday.

    The boys chipped in to buy snacks to take down to the cave to mark a teammates (Pheeraphat Sompiengjai) birthday, relatives at Night’s village of Vieng Hom said. They speculated it was those snacks that sustained them during the 9-day ordeal before they were found.”

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    Re: Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    About 11pm ET Monday, (Tuesday morning in Thailand) divers entered the cave. They intend to bring out the remaining four players and their coach, the doctor, and three Thai UDT divers staying with them.

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    Re: Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    All boys and coach are out

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    Re: Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    I thought they said the diver that lost his life came out of retirement to join in the rescue efforts.

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    Re: Thai Soccer Team rescue.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stoneman View Post
    I thought they said the diver that lost his life came out of retirement to join in the rescue efforts.
    He did, he was working as an airport security officer when he volunteered. There were 90 divers on site, 40 Thai, 50 foreign. USAF PJ’s from Japan were on site but did not dive.

    He was promoted to Sergeant Major posthumously and buried with full military honors.

    The two Brits who found the boys initially are 47 and 57 years old. And fortunately one of the boys on the team spoke English.

    Thailand cave rescue: Who are British cave divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen?

    They requested an Australian doctor and cave diver assist, and Dr. Richard Harris swam in and stayed with the boys. He apparently countermanded the order to bring the strongest out first, stating the weaker boys needed to go first or might not survive.

    Thai cave rescue: Adelaide cave-diving doctor Richard Harris

    Edit: the doctor in with the boys the last week was a Thai military doctor and trained diver, Dr. Park Loharachun.

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