Thailand Cave Rescue

Wonderful news! Twelve teenage boys and their football coach missing for nine days in a flooded Tham Luang cave network have been found alive by rescuers. The boys were trapped by rising waters after heavy rain. Families of the missing group were ecstatic at news of their discovery.

The boys were in a weak state but professional divers are battling the difficult conditions to bring food and medicines to them. A phone line is being installed so the boys can talk to their families. It is believed that most of the group cannot swim, complicating what would already be a very difficult and complicated rescue. The Thai military said the boys would need to learn to dive – or wait months for flooding to recede before they could get out of the caves.

In a video of their discovery, the boys are seen by torchlight sitting on a ledge above water, responding to the divers that all 13 were there and that they were very hungry. They ask how long they have been underground and whether they can leave now. The divers tell them they have to wait, but say people will come back for them. One boy replies: “Oh. See you tomorrow.”

It is believed that most of the group cannot swim, complicating what would already be a very difficult and complicated rescue. The Thai military said the boys would need to learn to dive – or wait months for flooding to recede before they could get out of the caves. In The Earth Emperor’s Eye question number 41 asks, ‘Could You Live in a Cave? 

Could it be that the boys plight happened for a reason – to draw attention to this tale and illustrate the need to rescue Mother Nature from her perilous plight? Let’s explore that. Tham Luang Nang Non is a cave complex in the Doi Nang Non range. It is a very long cave system with branches that go on for several kilometres. There are numerous stalactites and stalagmites.  Doi Nang Non consists of a long hill tract that lies on the western side of the highway between Chiang Rai and Mae Sai. The greater part of the range is in Mae Sai District, extending west and south west of Pong Pha along the border with Myanmar. The mountain range is an unusual land feature when seen from certain angles as its silhouette takes the shape of a reclining woman with long hair! Lucy Ebbs perhaps?

Hear her – ‘Out of the depths I cried unto the!’

 

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