They've been found alive!

Posted By: RebekahL CRCM

They've been found alive! - 07/02/18 09:51 PM

Oh my goodness, this is nothing short of miraculous!

The 12 young Thai soccer players (and their coach) trapped in submerged caves have all been found ALIVE after 9 days! Wow, just wow. I can't imagine the darkness and despair they must have felt, only 11-16 years old. And their parents... They are beside themselves with jubilation now.

So glad they've been found! The rescue operation will be quite the feat too. I'm so relieved a bad decision has not led to tragedy.

https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/thailand-cave-rescue/h_4fef02d1cab69133f201d9e0d3577356
Posted By: Busy Bee, CRCM

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/02/18 10:24 PM

I was SO happy when I read that this morning! What a miracle!!!
Posted By: OldeTymeBanker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/02/18 10:58 PM

I would put the shock of this right up there with finding Elizabeth Smart alive. Both are astounding.
Posted By: basilring

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/03/18 04:55 PM

Someone who was indirectly involved with the rescue was interviewed this morning on the news and he said, because it is the rainy season and none of the boys know how to swim (so they can't dive), it could take as long as 3 months to rescue them, depending on how they are able to perform the rescue.
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/03/18 05:37 PM

I never heard anything about this until yesterday. Did they keep it under wraps for that long?

Yes, basil...I saw where they were planning on providing 4 mos worth of food...can you IMAGINE? It's far from over.

I'd be afraid of drilling down...I'd be afraid of a cave in.
Posted By: edAudit

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/03/18 05:46 PM

"I'd be afraid of drilling down...I'd be afraid of a cave in"

I do not think that they would be asking you (or me). They must have some drilling experts.
Posted By: RebekahL CRCM

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/03/18 07:20 PM

It is a 3 HOUR scuba trip each way. They don't know if they have the "luxury" of waiting out the monsoon season, though. The boys are on a rather small mud patch in the cave, and heavy rains forecast for this week might force them to dive out, ready or not.

The tenacity and bravery of the divers to press deeper and deeper into the unknown, though inky black cave water and tight squeezes is remarkable. I have an 11 year old son, and this entire undertaking has captivated me. I hope for happy reunions, and later a movie to tell the tale.
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/03/18 07:24 PM

I'm with you Rebekah, the expertise involved is phenomenal...I just pray for a good outcome when all is said and done.
Posted By: basilring

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/03/18 07:29 PM

I can't imagine the message as a parent, that after 10 days your child has been found. But then, to be told it may be days or weeks or god forbid months until you can seen them. I feel for those parents and for those poor, scared kids...
Posted By: Cyndi12, CRCM

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 01:22 PM

I'm happy to hear that eight players have been rescued and they are working on getting the last four players and coach out. Praying that the rains hold off until the last one is out and safe.
Posted By: DeeQ

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 01:28 PM

Yes, good news!
Posted By: RebekahL CRCM

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 03:22 PM

Even Elon Musk (the gazillionaire who started Tesla and Space X) is pitching in. His team has developed a child-sized "submarine" for the rescue effort. It looks like an oversized scuba canister, and it's on it's way to Thailand now. Gotta say, the thought of being closed up in it gives me the heebie jeebies, but who knows -- maybe it will be useful. Pretty cool that they're trying to help save the kids too, I thought.

The international effort by everyone is remarkable. I'm following the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page, and they are so grateful for everyone's help. The camaraderie is heartwarming.

Man, someone needs to make a movie after this is all said and done!
Posted By: The Minion

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 03:46 PM

I'm sure someone will make a bundle on a movie about this. smirk
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 03:56 PM

Originally Posted By RebekahL CRCM
Even Elon Musk (the gazillionaire who started Tesla and Space X) is pitching in. His team has developed a child-sized "submarine" for the rescue effort. It looks like an oversized scuba canister, and it's on it's way to Thailand now. Gotta say, the thought of being closed up in it gives me the heebie jeebies, but who knows -- maybe it will be useful. Pretty cool that they're trying to help save the kids too, I thought.

The international effort by everyone is remarkable. I'm following the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page, and they are so grateful for everyone's help. The camaraderie is heartwarming.

Man, someone needs to make a movie after this is all said and done!


Kinda have my doubts it can even come close to making it through the upward channel of 15" total clearance. Even a tank can't get through that strapped on a person. Nice thought, but seemingly impractical under those circumstances.

Anyone know why efforts have been suspended?
Posted By: basilring

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 04:02 PM

I heard this morning because the sun was setting there... but not sure if something else is now the cause? Hopefully it's just that they need to wait for daylight.
Posted By: RebekahL CRCM

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 04:30 PM

Also, my understanding is the same divers are going in for each round, as they are the most knowledgeable about the route. So, they need to rest. Meanwhile, other "divers are bringing new air and oxygen tanks into the cave and place them at “strategic places” along the route, a contingency in case something happens with the gas supply of the rescue divers, such as an equipment malfunction, because the route is so long". It takes 20 hours to re-set for the next operation. An amazing feat!!
Posted By: edAudit

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 05:04 PM

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/07/09/t...ers-praise.html
Posted By: raitchjay

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 05:17 PM

So, did they pump enough water out so that the swimming is all above water...or no? If no, then how is this getting accomplished...i thought most if not all of the boys couldn't swim?
Posted By: RockChucker, CAMS

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 05:24 PM

I would hope by now they have been able to teach all of them to swim to one degree or another. It's not like they have much else to do in the cave.
Posted By: raitchjay

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 05:25 PM

Isn't the swim out long..like really long? I would think you'd need to be a pretty proficient swimmer for that. I'm just asking....i haven't caught much natl. news lately.
Posted By: edAudit

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 05:27 PM

for some reason they are not giving to much detail on the escape from the cave. could be too many people with speculation or just to save it for the book/movie rights.
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 05:29 PM

They got the water level down enough that they can walk a good long part...but there are areas where they have to go it alone, under water, up a 'hill' that's a 15" space. There are other areas where they are completely submerged. They are wearing a mask and have a diver in front and behind. The one in front is carrying the kid's tank as well as their own.
Posted By: raitchjay

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 05:31 PM

Ah ok......that sounds...easier (not easy, easier).
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 05:31 PM

I think about the only coaching they could possibly do is bare basics...but mostly...stay calm. Diving can be scary under the best of circumstances. Every one of these boys that gets out safely has got some major GRIT.

[they showed a computerized model of the most treacherous and difficult areas of maneuver]
Posted By: edAudit

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 06:30 PM

. Every one of these boys that gets out safely has got some major GRIT.

I am sure that a lengthy shower will take care of that,
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 07:39 PM

One of the articles I read indicated that it was a 5 to 6 hour journey. They walk, they swim, they scuba, they have to have mountain climbing gear for part of it. It is a long and exhausting trip. Kudos to all helping these kids get out...
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/09/18 07:59 PM

11 hours round trip...can you imagine! Especially grueling early on...during the time when the one diver died they were under water the entire way. Swift currents and total blackout...had to be CRAZY!
Posted By: edAudit

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 12:07 PM

MSNBC is reporting that they are all out
Posted By: Skittles

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 12:30 PM

I saw that this morning, too! Fantastic news!!!
Posted By: DeeQ

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 12:33 PM

Absolutely amazing skill and teamwork. Bravo.
Posted By: Cyndi12, CRCM

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 12:41 PM

This is amazing news!
Posted By: HappyGilmore

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 12:57 PM

wonder how long until we hear that the coach had the tar beat out of him by a mob of angry parents...if not worse...
Posted By: edAudit

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 12:59 PM

...if not worse.

forced to watch world cup soccer?
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 12:59 PM

The parents rallied behind him...I think he will be okay. I feel for him...but apparently his Buddhist training came in handy in helping to keep the boys calm.

Nothing short of a miracle, if you ask me. So thankful they all made it and are hopefully on a speedy road to recovery smile
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 01:02 PM

It also became a bit apparent this morning that the likely reason they ended up so far back in the cave is due to the rising water in the beginning at the cave entrance that pushed them further and further back trying to find a safe platform to wait things out.

That makes a lot of sense. But good lord...I wonder how long it's been since they had any light at all...you know whatever flashlights, etc., they may have had went out long before help arrived.

I'll say it again...those kids have GRIT. And I don't mean the kind that washes off smirk
Posted By: CompliantOkie

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 02:01 PM

I heard this morning that the coach is in the worst physical shape because he gave all the food they had to the boys. He is a hero for keeping those boys safe for this long. I've got a 10 year old boy and a 12 year old boy so stories like this really tug at my heart strings. I'm so happy they're out safe though I'm sure they have a long road to recovery.
Posted By: RebekahL CRCM

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 03:17 PM

The Thai Navy SEALs have a Facebook page I started following. (Along with another 1.7 million folks!) It is interesting. They just posted a picture of the last 4 divers to come out, the ones who have been living with the boys in the cave since they were found (one was a doctor). They all had sunglasses on to protect their eyes. I heard some tests on the boys are indicating no permanent sight loss from their days in the darkness, thank goodness.
Posted By: HappyGilmore

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/10/18 03:55 PM

Originally Posted By edAudit
...if not worse.

forced to watch world cup soccer?


i heard they reamped up the rescue effort so they would be home in time to view the semi-finals...Thailand sounds like a smart country that has its priorities in order!
Posted By: OldeTymeBanker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/11/18 05:44 PM

From the more recent coverage I have read the boys were partly anesthetized and went through the journey on modified stretchers. I think this makes sense, because I was wondering how you don't have young boys who have never done scuba not panicking at some point on this journey. The doctor who was in the cave with them is an anesthesiologist.
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/11/18 05:54 PM

They were given tranquilizers to calm them. They were moved to stretchers near the end of the tunnel...probably were worn slap out by then.
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/11/18 05:56 PM

I will say the last Seals out and the Dr [may his dad rest in peace] were dang lucky or touched by an Angel...because that pump malfunctioned about the time they exited...holy Toledo that was close!!!


ETA: I think it's phenomenally awesome that the Doc was not only 1) on vacation in Thailand, but 2) a world renowned cave and rescue diver and 3) great with kids.

He was surely meant to play a huge part there smile
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/11/18 06:00 PM

They said this morning that movie producers are already on scene looking over the area...I'm quite sure we will see this re-enactment sooner rather than later. Good grief.
Posted By: raitchjay

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/11/18 06:35 PM

Yeah, this has movie written all over it.
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: They've been found alive! - 07/12/18 12:35 PM

Originally Posted By RR Joker
They were given tranquilizers to calm them. They were moved to stretchers near the end of the tunnel...probably were worn slap out by then.


ETA: Apparently our news in the Southeast is delayed. Finally saw where they additionally strapped them down to gurneys in the areas where the crew could walk, but would have pretty obviously been slowed down big time by the weakened kiddos. That was a very smart move.