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Thai cave rescue: Thai boys' tears for lost rescue diver Saman

Thai cave rescue: Thai boys' tears for lost rescue diver Saman

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The 12 young footballers who were saved from a Thai cave after an international rescue effort are mourning a former Navy Seal who died in the operation. Volunteer diver Saman Gunan lost his life on 6 July while installing oxygen tanks in the flooded cave complex.He has since been hailed as a hero around the world.The boys and their 25-year-old coach were told of his sacrifice only on Saturday, when doctors decided they were strong enough to process the news."All cried and expressed their condolences by writing messages on a drawing of Lieutenant Commander Saman and observed one minute of silence for him," said Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary at the health ministry. Photos showed the "Wild Boars" football team, who are...
Thai cave where rescue of boys and coach unfolded may become tourist attraction

Thai cave where rescue of boys and coach unfolded may become tourist attraction

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It may be the most famous cave in the world and could soon become Thailand's biggest tourist attraction. The underground maze where the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach unfolded might be made into a sightseeing destination, Thai officials said Tuesday. "In this crisis situation, today, I don't want to talk about work, but I think the Thai people, we are lucky that we are going to have a world-class tourist attraction," Chongklai Woraponsathron, Thailand's deputy head of national parks, said during a news conference Tuesday. He said the final decision to turn the cave into a must-see travel site would be up to the Thailand Department of Natural Resources. But Woraponsathron floated the idea, assuming that people from around the world who have been following the sto...
Thailand cave rescue: Boys tell parents 'don't worry' in letters

Thailand cave rescue: Boys tell parents 'don't worry' in letters

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The Thai boys trapped in a cave have exchanged emotional letters with their parents, for the first time since their ordeal began two weeks ago."Don't worry, we are all strong," one child said in a note. "Teacher, don't give us lots of homework!" he joked.The team's coach apologised to parents in a separate letter, but parents wrote that he should not blame himself.The 12 boys and the coach were exploring the cave when they became trapped by flood waters on 23 June.The handwritten letters from the group were handed to British divers on Friday and released on the Thai Navy Seal Facebook page on Saturday."Don't worry about me, I'm safe." a boy nicknamed Pong said. Another wrote: "Nick loves Mum and Dad and siblings. If I can get out...
A look inside the rescue effort to save boys trapped inside Thailand cave

A look inside the rescue effort to save boys trapped inside Thailand cave

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In northern Thailand, rescuers are working around the clock to save 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped inside a partly flooded cave for almost two weeks. New images and video taken from inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave show crews with flashlights and equipment, struggling to wade through the floodwater's powerful currents as they prepare for a potential operation to rescue the group in the coming days. After days of heavy rain, rescuers took advantage of the relatively dry weather by pumping out as much floodwater as possible from the cave. Meanwhile, crews are working to divert any water flows in the area from entering the cave. The images also show crews installing dive lines and leaving extra air tanks along the path that rescuers may use to get the boys and...
Thailand cave rescue: Boys 'could be in cave for months'

Thailand cave rescue: Boys 'could be in cave for months'

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a Thai cave are alive, but will need to learn to dive or wait months for flooding to recede before they can get out, the army says.The group had been missing for nine days before they were found by divers late on Monday on a small dry ledge. Rescuers are now battling rising water to bring more supplies to the group. They may need to have food sent in for at least the next four months, according to the military.Attempts were being made to install power and telephone lines inside the cave to let the boys speak with their parents, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakon said. How were they found?Two British rescuer divers who had flown over to join the...