‘Still Can’t Believe in which Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue

Elation at their discovery, however, quickly turned to anxiety. Capt. Anand Surawan, a deputy commander of the Thai Navy SEALs who was running an operational center in Tham Luang, suggested in which the boys as well as their coach might have to stay inside cave for four months until the rainy season subsided.

Three Thai SEAL divers went missing during the operation for 23 hours, as well as when they finally reappeared, they were so weak by a lack of oxygen in which they were rushed to the hospital.

Four days after the boys were found, Mr. Saman, the retired Navy SEAL member who left his airport security job to volunteer, died as he was placing air tanks on an underwater supply route. His family declined an autopsy, yet some Thai officials said in which he ran out of air in his tanks. Others believe he succumbed to hypothermia.

“I’m very proud of him,” said Mr. Saman’s father, Wichai Gunan, a car mechanic. “He is actually a hero who did all he could to help the boys.”

Meanwhile, efforts to drain the cave, through pumps as well as a makeshift dam, began producing results. Crags as well as outcroppings emerged by the murk. The most waterlogged passage, which had taken 5 hours to navigate inside early going, could today be traversed in two hours with the help of guide ropes.

Racing the Rain to Start the Escape

By last weekend, the rescuers were eager to act. Rain was back inside forecast. The oxygen level where the boys were sheltering had dipped to 15 percent. At 12 percent, the air might turn deadly.

The operation kept shifting with each variable: the water, the air, the mud, even the mental as well as physical state of the young soccer players. Because the boys could not swim, they needed full-face masks into which a rich oxygen mix was pumped.

yet the masks in which the American team brought with them were sized for adults. So they tested the gear on volunteer children in a local swimming pool, as well as discovered in which by pulling the 5 straps as tight as possible, they could work.

The 30-strong American team, which was integral to the planning, recommended in which each child be confined in a flexible plastic cocoon, called a Sked, which is actually marketed as a rescue stretcher as well as is actually a standard part of the Air Force team’s gear.

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