July 2, 2018

"Twelve boys and their soccer coach have been found alive nine days after they were trapped by rising floodwaters in a cave complex in northern Thailand..."

The NYT reports.
Divers reached the group after enlarging a narrow, submerged passageway that was too small for them to get through while wearing their air tanks.

Earlier, a team of rescuers had used huge pumps to reduce the water level, and divers had placed guide ropes and air tanks along the route to reach the site of the trapped boys.

Getting the boys and their coach out in their weakened condition, and without training as scuba divers, will be the next challenge.

19 comments:

Nonapod said...

Divers reached the group after enlarging a narrow, submerged passageway that was too small for them to get through while wearing their air tanks.

So they have to remove their air tanks mid dive to squeeze through a narrow opening that they could petnetially get stuck in? Cave diving seems about as dangerous and terrifying an activity as it gets.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

What a name.

tcrosse said...

Maybe they can find Injun Joe while they're in there.

Rick.T. said...

Reminds me I should put "Ace in the Hole" on my Netflix Queue

Expat(ish) said...

@nona - I have 2,500+ diving hours and 30 years of experience and you’d have to have my kids in a cave to convince me to go into one. I don’t even like caverns or confined wrecks. Drowning looks icky. I bet only 0.0001% of divers are cave certified. It’s pretty unusual.

The NYT should have talked to a diver - getting those people out won’t be a diving issue per se, it’s more moving an injured person through rough conditions issue. They’ll have on full helmet breathing masks with audio com capabilities and won’t be doing any swimming.

And since I’m sure the victims are all hypothermic they’ll put them in dry suits for the wet part so they won’t, er, get wet. About 1% of divers are dry suit rated. I am but my cert is 20 years old so I wouldn’t try it now myself.

Anyway, they are gonna put the victims in bulky dry suits and tape a breathing.unit on their heads and tow them out. Not easy but requiring nothing of the victims.

-XC

Big Mike said...

Alternatively, keep them alive until the flood waters go down.

Fernandinande said...

Either they're completely diverse or they're not diverse at all. It's complicated.

But in any case, they should be featured in the next episode of "Nature's Biggest Holes". (also 0:45).

Leland said...

Dry suit better than body bag, but yeah; recovery will not be easy.

exhelodrvr1 said...

is this Trump's fault?

Fernandinande said...

England probably did some meddling in the Thailand at some point, so speaking of SCARY NATURE STUFF IN ENGLAND "Dog owners warned as pet ‘dies of heatstroke’ as it is taken for walk in 21C temperature" - that's nearly 70° in real money!

buwaya said...

"I bet only 0.0001% of divers are cave certified. It’s pretty unusual. "

This is quite an achievement for the Thai armed forces, and for the Thai government for that matter.

They had to adapt to an extremely unusual situation very quickly.

I wonder what foreign assistance they had.

"Either they're completely diverse or they're not diverse at all. It's complicated."

This is near the Burmese border, and these kids were locals, and there is quite an ethnic mix in that area. Yeah, I'd say the odds are good that they are diverse.

YoungHegelian said...

@Nonapod,

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun

What a name.


And that's just his nickname!

Oso Negro said...

I spend a lot of time in Thailand and I am really hopeful that there will be a happy ending to this story

Gahrie said...

I wonder what foreign assistance they had.

The U.S. military has been assisting.

Greg P said...

Now that they've found them, they can bring them food and water, and, if necessary, pump fresh air through the area.

So if they do need to be able to make any effort they don't have to rush it

Owen said...

Cave diving? No amount of money could get me in there.

FWBuff said...

What a relief for their families! Kudos to all the armed forces involved. The WSJ reported that the Australian military was providing assistance, too.

FWBuff said...

British divers are also helping.

Unknown said...


Leland 1:12 says it very well.

Israelis and Chinese are also involved.

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