By The Blaze. The ongoing international rescue effort to get 12 young boys and their soccer coach out of a cave in northern Thailand has come up against another hurdle: heavy rains in the forecast could worsen the already flooded caves making rescue attempts impossible.
On June 23, the 11 to 16-year-old soccer players and their coach hiked into the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, a popular tourist site in Thailand. But as they ventured into the mountain, heavy rains caused the caves to flood and cut off their exit route. The group was forced to retreat nearly three miles into the cave to find dry ground. The group was trapped in total darkness for the next nine days. Two British divers discovered the boys and their coach on July 2, but the team’s troubles were far from over.
Rescuers have been working on multiple plans to get the group out, but are now up against the additional treat of more rain as the monsoon season approaches. (Read more from “Boys Trapped in Flooded Cave Found Alive After 9 Days. Here’s Why They Still Haven’t Been Rescued.” HERE)
Thailand Cave Rescue: Diver Dies While Taking in Supplies
By BBC. A former Thai navy diver has died while taking part in efforts to rescue 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.
Petty Officer Saman Gunan lost consciousness on his way out of the Tham Luang cave complex, where he had been delivering supplies.
“His job was to deliver oxygen. He did not have enough on his way back,” said an official.
He was brought out by his dive buddy but could not be revived.
PO Saman Gunan had left the navy but returned to help the rescue operation. (Read more from “Thailand Cave Rescue: Diver Dies While Taking in Supplies” HERE)