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#289772 - 07/06/18 06:39 AM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: clearwater]
Phaedrus Offline
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Originally Posted By: clearwater
LA times is reporting one of the Volunteer SEALs has died.


I saw that. RIP, he was a genuine hero.
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#289774 - 07/06/18 12:07 PM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: Phaedrus]
Russ Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4833
Loc: SOCAL
Thai Cave Rescue Diver Dies From Lack of Oxygen
Quote:
... former Thai navy SEAL was working in a volunteer capacity and died during an overnight mission in which he was placing oxygen canisters. ...

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#289776 - 07/06/18 12:58 PM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: hikermor]
williamlatham Offline
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Registered: 01/12/04
Posts: 236
Loc: Stafford, VA, USA
I tend to stay out of these discussions, but only fully trained cave divers should be attempting any diving inside a cave. SEALS (US or otherwise) are highly trained, but not for this type of diving. It is literally the most dangerous type of diving possible, and probably the most dangerous "sport" out there. Mistakes are generally fatal. Almost every cave in the US that you dive in has a "STOP YOU WILL DIE" placard at the entrance. It is a standard thing.

I was (am) fully cave trained, but I am way out of practice which is also necessary to maintain proficiency. I feel for the families (trapped and rescuers) as this is a really bad place for everyone. Looking at the video feeds and the equipment set-ups, there will unfortunately be in all probability more fatalities.

Regards,
Bill

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#289800 - 07/08/18 02:54 AM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: hikermor]
Russ Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4833
Loc: SOCAL
It appears the monsoon rain may be in charge of the decision making...
Thai Officials Clear Media as Cave Rescue Seems Imminent

After one diver died on the return dive, and considering the skillset of the boys, I really thought the idea of swimming them out was set aside. Weather...

Or maybe the media has simply become a nuisance.

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#289801 - 07/08/18 03:04 AM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: Russ]
Russ Online   content
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#289802 - 07/08/18 11:30 AM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: hikermor]
Ian Offline
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Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 181
Loc: Scotland
Rescue underway. Unofficially two are out.

Live News Feed, BBC

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#289803 - 07/08/18 12:36 PM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: hikermor]
Ian Offline
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Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 181
Loc: Scotland
12:30 UTC

Six out.

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#289805 - 07/08/18 01:35 PM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: Ian]
Russ Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4833
Loc: SOCAL
Second article, Six Thai Boys Rescued from Flooded Cave

Quote:
...Six of 12 schoolboys have been rescued so far from a flooded Thai cave after divers launched a daring and dangerous mission to free the children and their soccer coach, who were trapped underground for more than two weeks, Thai officials said.
"I have received information that six have exited the cave", a senior member of the rescue team told Reuters. ... Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit are trying to bring the rest of the boys ...

From reading it appears the decision was made because with water levels in the cave lowered, parts of the cave were walkable and waiting would only allow the monsoon rain to fill it back up. Somebody made a decision to go for it.

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#289807 - 07/08/18 02:27 PM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: hikermor]
Ian Offline
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Registered: 05/15/07
Posts: 181
Loc: Scotland
14:30 UTC

Four out in total. Resume operation tomorrow.

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#289808 - 07/08/18 05:48 PM Re: Thai Cave Rescue [Re: hikermor]
Ren Offline
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Registered: 11/05/07
Posts: 124
Good news they've gotten 4 out.

Presumably they have restock the gear caches (air tanks etc) along the route for the next group to make their attempt.



Edited by Ren (07/08/18 05:49 PM)

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