The Wild Boars soccer team had become trapped deep in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave during an adventurous outing that went horribly wrong when heavy rainfall filled the flood-prone passages with murky water.
But when monsoon rains hit while they’re underground and the cave’s entrance floods, the coach and his 12 players, ages 11-16, become trapped. The team would remain stuck underground for more than two weeks, in what became a global media sensation.
British divers John Volanthen and Rick Stanton Volanthen , 47, and Stanton, 56, first discovered the boys huddled together on an embankment 2.5 miles inside the cave 10 days after the team had gone missing.
At a cost of over $500,000, the money could have been allocated to other sources which could have without a doubt saved more lives. In particular, over 100 lives could have been saved in Africa with this funding.
A Thai navy Seal has died from a blood infection he caught while rescuing 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand . PO Beirut Pakbara died while receiving treatment for the illness, the Royal Thai Navy said. Another rescuer, navy diver Lt Cmdr Saman Kuman, died during the mission.
A Thai navy SEAL who took part in the rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave has died from a blood infection he contracted during the operation, the Royal Thai Navy has said. The navy said that Petty Officer Beiret Bureerak had been receiving treatment, but his condition worsened.
The soccer team , known as the Wild Boars, had been missing since June 23, when heavy monsoon rains flooded the cave and trapped them in a chamber some 2.5 miles from the cave’s mouth. They then escorted them out of the cave on stretchers guided by expert divers, one by one.
Tham Luang cave rescue
|Rescue personnel and equipment at the cave entrance|
|Date||23 June – 10 July 2018 (18 days)|
|Deaths||Saman Kunan, rescue diver and Thai Navy Seal Beirut Pakbara, rescue diver and Thai Navy Seal|
|Non-fatal injuries||Minor scrapes and cuts, mild rashes, lung inflammation|
On June 23, the Wild Boar soccer team ventured into Tham Luang cave, one of Thailand’s longest and toughest to explore, during heavy rains after soccer practice. The cave system is located about 825 kilometres north of Bangkok.
He has been called “one of the world’s most accomplished cave-divers”, ” the face of British cave diving,” and “the best cave diver in Europe”. Richard Stanton ( cave diver )
|Rick Stanton MBE GM|
|Known for||Cave diving , cave rescue|
Masterminds of rescue operation Among them were experienced and leading Australian divers Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen, the masterminds of the rescue operation. The pair worked 14-16 hour days, making trips into the cave on a daily basis to ensure the safe evacuation from the cave for everyone.