By Uchechi Moses Three years ago, when I desired playing…
By: Samuel M. Chinwe
After news that a team of 12 young football players aged between 11 – 16 and their 25-year-old coach had gone missing in Thailand, it was discovered that some of their boots and bicycles were seen lying at the mouth of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 which prompted immediate response by deploying rescue teams into the cave and divers into the flooded tunnel, their relatives were seen camping and praying at the site.
The British deployed two of their best cave divers, Rick Stanton and John Volanthen and these 2 are believed to be the first to reach the boys after a long search of 9 days in the flooded cave, using cam helmet used in sending pictures to those outside the cave helping with the rescue mission of the ‘Wild Boars (the boy’s team name). They were found all hale and hearty yesterday. On seeing the images of the boys’ the people’s hope was uplifted and the government of Thailand released the news to the world.
Divers have claimed that the team would have to wait in the cave for months due to the risk of trying to bring them out of the cave as more rain is expected to fall within few days causing a water rise, although the first meal of pork and rice have being prepared for the weak fellows.
Due to the fact that none of these kids could swim, the divers have requested for a number of 15 small full-faced mask because the one they have are too big for the kids emphasizing that full faced ones are needed as the normal regulator which the wearer bites down could detach as these ones are novice as cave diving training might commence in order to have them fully recovered.
The update adds that an underground headquarters has been set up stocked with dive gear, oxygen tanks, medical supplies, and food, which will all be sent to the boys and their coach. Presently the Thai police is deliberating on arresting the coach after rescue for luring the youngster to such a cave.
Right now the British, Thai, Chinese and the US divers are all doing a good job as to keep the kids to the best comfort possible. At about noon today a naval SEALs have indicated that all 13 are presently being fed and receiving medical treatments from medical Staff. According to Navy Captain Anand Surawan he said, “(We will) prepare to send additional food to be sustained for at least four months and train all 13 to dive while continuing to drain the water.”
The world awaits there safe exit from the cave.