While everybody was holding their breath witnessing sensational matches taking place at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, news from Thailand about 12 football player kids and their coach going missing was equally also swept the world.
The unfortunate event took place on 23rd of June when the coach took his Wild Boar Football Team to, Tham Luang, Thailand’s longest cave and a popular tourist site, for visit after a practice session. It is believed that the coach and his football students between 11-16 years of age passed through narrow tunnels which were flooded due to heavy downpour, thus trapping them beneath.
However, the good news is that after nine tough days, the 25-year-old coach and all 12 kids were found alive by specialist divers on a mud embankment.
The story of the coach and the boys went missing created a havoc as there was no contact with the party after they disappeared into the cave. The heavy rains added further difficulties for the rescue teams and it took them 9 days to find them.
It is said that the rescue team had a hint about the group’s location but flooding blocked their access to the chambers, which was the only source to reach the group.
On Monday, Chiang Rai provincial governor broke the good news about the group’s rescue by naval divers and the entire nation let a sigh of relief after long anxious days.
It could be seen from the tweets that whole of Thailand had anxiously and closely followed every bit of this dramatic event and that’s exactly why they are so much relieved to hear the pleasant news.
— Channel NewsAsia (@ChannelNewsAsia) July 2, 2018
How did the rescue operation take place?
It was the rescue team’s patience and valour that paid off. They took full advantage of a comparatively fair weather on Monday to enter the cave. The water levels were slowly and steadily dropping every hour. Thanks to round-the-clock pumping.
The Wild Boar football team was found 300-400 meters further from their expected location as the boys had retreated due to their ledge being submerged.
A team of divers including foreign experts were tasked to dive into the cave with hundreds of oxygen tanks and establish a base camp inside the chambers.
Thai Navy SEAL divers were joined by three British cave divers and a team of American military personnel from the US Pacific Command, including para-rescue and survival specialists.
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Though the boys and their coach have been found, bringing them to surface will not be easy. The Chiang Rai governor said the 13 may not be home soon as rescue options are being assessed. He also added that food and medical supply would be delivered to them at the earliest.
The rescue ops are also attempting to train them to dive while continuing to drain the water.
Nevertheless, the family, friends, and all the people gathered at the banks of the cave had given up hope of finding the boys but are now rejoicing the news of their survival.