Monday, July 09, 2018

More good news from Thailand

Four more boys have been successfully rescued, bringing the total to eight:
Four more boys have today been rescued from the cave complex in northern Thailand where a youth football team became trapped two weeks ago, leaving just four teammates and their coach stuck underground for at least another day.

The first of today's rescued Wild Boar FC players, whose identities have not yet been confirmed, was seen being carried out on a stretcher shortly before 5pm local time, a few hours after the mission entered its second day.

Boys number six and seven were brought out little over an hour later, with boy number eight spotted being taken out at about 7.40pm local time.

They were all carried out on stretchers and into ambulances before being airlifted to the Chiang Rai Pranukroh Hospital, where the four players rescued on Sunday are recovering.
The fact that they got the weakest boys out first is a very promising sign that all 12, plus the coach, are going to survive the arduous experience. It's really an incredible story.



Blogger wreckage July 09, 2018 9:46 AM  

Nice to see some good news!

Blogger Hammerli280 July 09, 2018 9:52 AM  

1. It'll make a great movie.

2. Getting caught like that is still lousy headwork. One thing that's been pounded into me throughout my career is disciplined paranoia. ALWAYS know your line of retreat.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 09, 2018 10:04 AM  

Like the 33 miners in Chile.

Blogger jaericho July 09, 2018 10:15 AM  

Thanks be to God.

Blogger Unknown July 09, 2018 10:34 AM  

Can I hear your logic behind how you deduced those four were the weakest?

Blogger haus frau July 09, 2018 10:44 AM  

@5 its in the article.

Blogger Brad Matthews July 09, 2018 10:48 AM  

Incredible effort

Blogger VD July 09, 2018 10:52 AM  

Can I hear your logic behind how you deduced those four were the weakest?

First, it's the obvious thing to do, since they were afraid conditions were going to worsen, so you want to get the weakest out when it's easiest. Second, that's what the expert cave-diving doctor recommended; the Thai authorities listened to him and changed their plan to get the strongest boys out first.

Blogger JACIII July 09, 2018 10:54 AM  

Elon Musk is sending a tiny passive diving vessel to help with the panicked buddy diver problem. He posted videos of testing and said it was 17 hrs away.

Blogger z5061016 July 09, 2018 11:06 AM  

@8, @5
Ah, reading it in context of the rest of the article made more sense. I read "weakest" as a judgment of their physical abilities rather than their current condition, which immediately confused me as to how they would go about determining that.

Blogger Avalanche July 09, 2018 11:33 AM  

The thing that bothers me is that CNN (and no doubt the rest) make THIS this highest, most important, most-hours-devoted-to, story in the UNITED STATES!

Yes, yes tragic and hopeful, yay for the kids, yay for the rescuers: what the hell the soccer coach thought he was doing dragging his team 9-11 HOURS into a cave is disconcerting. Blah blah blah -- there are literally MILLIONS of accidents occurring just in the U.S. that are not 'worth' this level of attention.

As our Dark Lord, and others, point out over and over: WHAT are we supposed to not be noticing while our attention is forced to fewer than 20 people, in a self-chosen (yes, terrible) incident, in a country a half-world away from us? WHY is "our" news filled to the brim with this and only this -- when they SHOULD be providing the public with information to help us manage "the other three" branches of govt?

WHAT are we missing?!

Blogger Abigail July 09, 2018 11:38 AM  

I'd rather the fake news be covering a feel-good dramatic story taking place halfway around the world than continuing to incite violence domestically. You didn't think they were actually in the business of keeping the electorate informed, did you?

Blogger Hammerli280 July 09, 2018 1:32 PM  

@11: The Propaganda Press is desperately trying to cover up the Democrat/FBI/DOJ effort to use intelligence assets for "legal" bugging of the Trump campaign, and the seditious conspiracy to overthrow his administration once he was elected.

Having said that, this is a pretty good story. Dramatic, relatively happy ending, lots of photos.

Blogger Looking Glass July 09, 2018 1:54 PM  

@11 Avalanche

There's definitely a "don't look over there!" aspect, but this is also just high-tense human drama. Few movies reach this level of "will they get out alive?" anxiety. This is the type of event that makes TV News work.

It's a bit like car chases. For whatever combination of human reasons, everyone tunes in to watch.

Blogger JaimeInTexas July 09, 2018 2:04 PM  

My idea was to have something like Musk suggested but made of something pliable, like pond liner, open like a hammock. Strap a parachute harness (I do not think belaying harness would work) on the child, attached to a robe through the "cone." The air tank fitted in tandem inside the hammock, freeing the diver's arms. Easy to pull and no need for the child to swim.

Blogger JaimeInTexas July 09, 2018 2:20 PM  

rope not robe

Blogger Dirk Manly July 09, 2018 2:41 PM  


"Elon Musk is sending a tiny passive diving vessel to help with the panicked buddy diver problem. He posted videos of testing and said it was 17 hrs away."

All that's really needed is a thick, clear vinyl bell, with flexible weighting along the lower rim, to allow it to be squeezed through the tight spots.

Blogger Nate July 09, 2018 3:25 PM  

This is story is fascinating... captivating... and utterly amazing.

in the end... this is why humans will conquer and enslave all the other vastly more intelligent and advanced species in the galaxies.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants July 09, 2018 3:34 PM  

Do you have children? If not, try to imagine you have several children one has severe asthma, yet the others are very healthy. Now, you had to remove them one at a time from your burning house, which child do you remove first?
That's your obvious answer.

Blogger Nate July 09, 2018 4:38 PM  

"That's your obvious answer. "

The answer isn't as obvious as you're making it sound. They were planning on getting the strong first because they were afraid the weaker boys would panic during the rescue and end up getting themselves and possibly the divers killed.

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