8 Boys And Coach Brought Out Safely As Rescue Operation Comes To An End

| July 10 , 2018 , 19:39 IST

8 boys have been rescued till now in what can be termed as one of the toughest rescue operations in the recent past for the missing Thai football players and their coach who got stranded in the flooded Thai cave and went missing.

Who Are Rescuing The Boys?

13 International Divers and 5 Thai Navy SEALs are carrying out the operation to rescue the Thai boys and their football coach who got stranded in the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province of Thailand.

Who Are Trapped?

There were 12 boys ranging from the age of 11 to 16 years along with their football coach who is 25 years old. The boys are football players of the Wild Boars Soccer Team.

What Actually Happened?

The boys aged between 11 and 16 years and their 25-year-old coach went missing on June 23, prompting a massive search. It is believed that the group entered the cave when it was dry while they were on a field trip, but sudden heavy rains blocked the exit, with rushing water clogging the narrow passages with mud and debris, restricting visibility and access.

Where Were The Boys Found

Football kits and shoes were found on the main entrance of the cave on June 23 when a search operation was launched to rescue the boys and their missing coach.

The Cave

The cave includes five major areas and an area touching the Pattaya beach. They are

Main Entrance - It was the section where the belongings of the missing people were found.

Chamber 2&3 – It is the area after the main entrance and was the key where the initial operations to rescue the boys were held. The area is low and got filled with water due to the rains because of which the operations were suspended. Now the Chamber 3 is the base of the rescue of operations.

Monk’s Junction (T-Junction) – It is 1500 meters from the main entrance. It was filled heavily with water but the continuous pumping help to reduce the water levels, which facilitated the fixing of guiding ropes. This is the toughest section and is so tight the divers have to take off their air tanks to get through it.  

Pattaya Beach Area – The area is a higher ground and it was suspected by the rescue team that the boys will be found here. It was filled with water when the rescue team reached there on July 2.

Location of the Boys – This area is around 2 km inside the cave and the boys were discovered by two specialist cave divers of the United Kingdom

The Rescue Plan

  • The stranded boys and their 25-year-old coach would be rescued one by one.
  • Each boy would be accompanied by a two navy divers
  • Two medics are inside the cave with boys to provide them care
  • Water is continuously being pumped out of the cave with the help of motors.
  • Rescue divers have fixed guiding rope along the rescue route
  • Most likely, the boys will receive air from the 12-litre air tanks of the accompanying rescue diver
  • Navigating through the very sharp upward bend followed by a downward slope with be the major challenge. The boys will have to go alone through the smallest section which is 38 by 72 cm.
  • Sufficient food and water supply has been sent to ensure that the boys remain fit

Full Face Masks Instead Of Usual Scuba Masks

The divers are providing children with full face masks instead of regular scuba masks as they do not rely on the mouthpiece, unlike the regular scuba diving masks. This was done because the boys are not experienced and the water levels under the cave system are low which may cause breathing problem to the stranded.

The Biggest Challenge – CHOKE POINT

The boys may have to swim alone along a passage called the choke point as it is the smallest area of the cave measuring 38 cms x 28 cms. Another major problem is that the none of them know how to swim and have not been in water before.