Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

'Pretty full on': Kiwi diver who helped rescue Thai cave boys

'Pretty full on': Kiwi diver who helped rescue Thai cave boys

The last group of the 12-member "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach was brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday night, safely ending a unsafe rescue and evoking global relief and joy.

Volanthen praised the entire global rescue team, which included 90 of the best scuba divers from around the world, for saving the group, who became trapped when monsoon rains struck on June 23 and flooded their exit. They were found after 9 days by a pair of British divers.

The rescue mission was indeed a highly unsafe one as a retired Thai Navy SEAL diver died last Friday (July 6) when he ran out of oxygen in the flooded cave.

Having completed this section, the boys were then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who helped them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they could wade through.

The first photographs of the boys recovering in a Chiang Rai hospital were released Wednesday. The aim, Anderson said, was to make each of the boys "tightly packaged" so divers could keep control of them and adjust their air supply as needed.

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Co-founder Michael Scott told Reuters news agency that producers from the company were already on the ground interviewing rescue workers.

"He's a miracle boy", she told us.

Wearing face masks and hospital gowns, the young boys pulled from a Thailand cave this week - an event that spread drama worldwide - are seen waving and smiling Wednesday in their first images after their rescues.

Another diver, Jason Mallinson, 50, from Huddersfield, said the team left messages for the children as they flew back to the United Kingdom saying: "We're very glad we could get you out alive". Four more were brought out on Monday, and the operation ended Tuesday with the rescue of the last four boys and their 25-year-old coach. The boys were put in green plastic toboggans and carried through: at some points, there were steep slopes with cascading waters and the rescuers had to use a pulley system to winch them up.

"My wife actually grew up with the Thai Navy SEAL that died in the cave". "I'm so happy he's safe".

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"We gave them a little bit of extra light, they still had light, they looked in good health".

"Some have had muscle infections, cold, flu, and some psychologists have been taking care of them to relieve stress", Health Ministry Inspector Lertvirairatanapong said. And only a day later, a second movie was announced - but this one promising to circumvent that dreaded Hollywood tendency: whitewashing.

The chief of the rescue mission had called the device "not practical" for the operation, which required squeezing through narrow passageways in the cave, but a Thai military official said the mini-submarine could be useful for future rescue missions.

"KBL is proud to be involved in the Thailand cave rescue mission", the company in a statement said.

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