The effort to rescue a dozen Thai soccer players and their coach who were found alive in a flooded cave system in Thailand took a tragic turn this week when a former Thai Navy diver died while helping with rescue efforts.
Given how far into the cave the kids and their coach were found along with the extent of the flooding, getting them out is no simple matter, as this week’s tragic death attests. Rescuers have begun teaching the boys basic diving skills. It seems they are now in a race against time as further heavy rain is predicted, which may flood the cave system further, posing a threat to both the soccer players as well as the rescue operation.
Two additional British cave diving experts left the UK this week, bound for Thailand. Rather than dive, though, the pair will help coordinate efforts from the surface.
To read more about the role of the “Surface Control Team,” check out xray-mag.com.
In the true story of Thirteen Lives, twelve boys and the coach of a Thai soccer team explore the Tham Luang cave when an unexpected rainstorm traps them in a chamber inside the mountain. Entombed behind a maze of flooded cave tunnels, they face impossible odds. A team of world-class divers navigate through miles of dangerous cave networks to discover that finding the boys is only the beginning.