After a daring and technically-complex 18-day rescue effort, a Thai soccer team of 12 boys and their coach were all rescued successfully from the underground cave they were trapped in. The boys and their 25-year-old coach became trapped in the cave after heavy rains flooded their exit.
They were only found 10 days later, by a British team who sent back video of all 13 disappeared people. Thankfully, all were still alive, but weak. Some could stand, but all were very happy to see their rescuers.
The subsequent rescue efforts took three days of grueling dives and even claimed one diver’s life as he worked to replenish the oxygen supply. It was a technically challenging rescue, due to the cave’s layout, with many flooded passages so narrow that divers had to remove the oxygen from their backs and pass it ahead of themselves to squeeze through.
In addition to the technical difficulties, many of the boys didn’t know how to swim, let alone dive. Their rescuers had to teach them the basic essential skills to do so, while they were still trapped in the cave.
However, in this case, all is well that ends well for this soccer team and their coach, as word was released today that everyone has been safely rescued from the cave. All 13 victims were rushed to the hospital after exiting the cave to be treated for shock, malnutrition and other possible problems… But so far, everyone is expected to make a full recovery.