Tham Luang cave rescue
Rescue personnel and equipment at the cave entrance
|Date||23 June – 10 July 2018 |
|Outcome||Group found alive on 2 July; all rescued between 8 and 10 July 2018.|
|Non-fatal injuries||Minor scrapes and cuts, mild rashes, |
The Tham Luang cave rescue, also referred to as the Thailand cave rescue, involved the extraction of members of a junior
Efforts to locate the group were hampered by rising water levels and strong currents, and no contact was made for more than a week. The rescue effort expanded into a massive operation amid intense worldwide public interest. On 2 July, after advancing through narrow passages and muddy waters, British divers
The rescue efforts included a total of over 10,000 people – including more than 100 divers, many rescue workers, representatives from about 100 governmental agencies, 900 police officers, 2000 soldiers, ten police helicopters, seven police ambulances, more than 700 air canisters, and the pumping of more than a billion litres of water out of the caves.
Tham Luang Nang Non is a
On 23 June 2018, a group of twelve boys aged between 11 and 17 from a local junior football team named the Wild Boars and their 25-year-old assistant coach, Ekapol Chantawong, went missing after setting out to explore the cave. According to early news reports, they planned to have a birthday party in the cave after the football practice, and spent a significant sum of money on food, but they refuted this in a news conference after the rescue. The team was stranded in the tunnels by sudden and continuous rainfall after they had entered the cave. They had to leave at least some food supplies behind when fleeing the rising water.
Around 7 p.m., head coach Nopparat Khanthavong checked his phone, finding about twenty missed calls from parents worried that their children had not come home. Nopparat dialed assistant coach Chantawong, followed by a number of the boys in quick succession. Eventually, he reached Songpol Kanthawong, a 13-year-old member of the team who mentioned he was picked up after practice, and that the rest of the boys had gone exploring in the Tham Luang caves. The coach raced up to the caves finding abandoned bicycles and bags near the entrance, with water seeping out of the muddy pathway. He alerted authorities to the missing group after seeing their unclaimed belongings.