Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Rest of the Story: Thai Rescue Edition

The heroic and daring rescue of the Wild Board astonished the world last week.  The Daily Mail (U.K.) published a very good account of what took place and a what can be considered to be the rest of the story.  The rescue was a combination of expertise, hope, and good ole-fashioned guts.  The newspaper interviewed the divers and other people associated with the rescue.  The Daily Mail reported:

We'll get them all out, but there’s a good chance some will die.’

That was the grim warning by British cave diver Jason Mallinson and his colleagues to the Thai authorities as they prepared to rescue 12 frightened and weakened schoolboys trapped two and a half miles deep inside a dark, flooded cave....

Today, for the first time, Jason, 50, and fellow cave diver 35-year-old Chris Jewell – who between them rescued seven of the 12 boys – give their compelling account of the high-risk mission, revealing just how close it came to disaster, despite meticulous planning. ...

In their astonishing and brutally honest account, much of which debunks the official line and previous reports, the cave divers tell how:

Plans to leave the boys in the cave until the end of the four-month monsoon season would have ended in certain death;

An attempt to lay an oxygen pipe was never completed, making a dive rescue inevitable;

On his final run, Jewell, while guiding a boy to safety, lost his grip on the rope guideline for four terrifying minutes in zero visibility;

The safety and equipment protocols of the Thai Navy SEALs were ‘completely wrong’ for cave diving and the tragic death of one of them made the authorities realise they were ‘out of their depth’....

On day three, with four boys and the coach left to go, the rescuers realised time was running out and that all five would have to come out that day, so Mallinson opted to perform a ‘double run’ for part of the way to get the last boy out – contrary to media reports the football coach was not the last person of the 13 out, but the ninth.... Rest of article.

To think that the pumps failed right after the last boy was rescued.  Truly a razor's edge.


lovermangenuis said...

And to think that Elon Musk called one of the Thai SEALs a pedo because he didn't allow Musk to donate a mini sub and take partial credit for the rescue.

What a jerk.

Anonymous said...

2:25...regardless of your thoughts regarding the mini-sub, Musk is probably dead accurate in referring to this guy as a pedophile. You don't know the story, nor do I, but I'm putting my money on Musk and the probability that the 25 year old 'leader' of these little boys is just like so many US Scoutmasters who do nothing but concentrate on getting young boys out of their swimming trunks.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, you're both wrong. Musk's tweet was directed at a British cave expert named Vernon Lundquist living in Thailand. Vernon upset Musk when he told him to take his rocket tube and stick it where it hurts, thus riling Musk up to call him 'pedo guy' He was not a Thai Seal nor a scout master. Musk has since apologized.

Anonymous said...

Apologizing is not the same as being wrong.

Anonymous said...

Musk said he was wrong

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