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Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 7th 2018, 9:09am
by conjurer ... ave-rescue

Nobody--seriously, nobody--had balls of brass like this guy. RIP.

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 7th 2018, 12:35pm
by Hawk
Yup. I tend to fixate over female Thai Rangers that deployed to the southern border but this guy deserves the royal send off he's about to get.

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 7th 2018, 6:19pm
by biglove
A true hero. No greater love than to lay down your life for another.

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 7th 2018, 6:27pm
by bedlam
Well said BL

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 10th 2018, 9:17am
by conjurer

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 10th 2018, 12:40pm
by 3Flushes

What an incredible rescue. Navy seals, drilling and pumping experts- they even had a SEAL physician in there looking after those boys.

Cool to see a happy ending play itself out in a deal like this.

Maybe the govt will put some gates up at the entrances to keep people out during rainy season.

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 10th 2018, 5:56pm
by artman
My wife has been following this story for days. This will make a heckuva movie.

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 10th 2018, 11:30pm
by bedlam
Left Musk looking about as useful as tits on a bull.

At least he was trying though!

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 7:48am
by Falstaff
bedlam wrote:Left Musk looking about as useful as tits on a bull.

At least he was trying though!

Yup. Elon Musk - half Tom Swift, half Wile E. Coyote.

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 7:58am
by relaxer7
Incredible non of those kids died during the rescue - the poor little gits couldn't even swim never mind dive

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 11th 2018, 8:17am
by koimaster

And in another selfless act -

The doctor who chose to stay in the cave

It was his rare combination of talents that led Australian doctor Richard Harris deep into the Tham Luang cave in Thailand.

When the Wild Boars football team was located deep inside the cave, after being missing for a week, the Adelaide anaesthetist abandoned his holiday in Thailand and volunteered to help.

He went in to assess the boys' health and stayed with them for three days. ... ocid=ientp

Re: Thai SEAL Dies

PostPosted: July 13th 2018, 6:50am
by relaxer7
Though this might be of interest... from the USAF officer, who spoke to The Washington Post with permission from his superiors on the condition that he not be identified:

...Air tanks were stashed along the muddy passageways, enough for the 12 boys, their coach, the four SEALs who had embedded with them, and the 18 divers who would carry them out. Riggers strung a web of static ropes for hoisting the cocoon-like stretchers over vast fields of jagged rocks.

By 10:30 a.m. on July 8, the core team of 18 divers was in the water: Among them, Brits, Thai SEALs and diving buddies from the Gulf of Thailand beach resort of Koh Tao.

One group made their way to the final chamber. By the time they emerged, the players and Coach Ek, as Ekapol was known, had elected the boy who would go first. Officials have refused to identify him, but friends and parents said he was Mongkon Boonpiem, a 13-year old with a lucky name: “the auspicious one.”

The wetsuit, the smallest they had, still did not cling to his emaciated frame like it should. They readied the mask, attached to a tank filled with 80-percent oxygen. The rich mixture would saturate his tissues, making him easier to revive if he stopped breathing.

Richard Harris, an Australian anesthesiologist and cave diver, gave the boy a final assessment. The boy was given what Thai and American participants described variously as a muscle relaxant or anti-anxiety medication. A panic attack in a chokepoint no bigger than a manhole would almost certainly be fatal.

Finally, the boy was swaddled in a flexible plastic stretcher — akin to a tortilla wrap, Hodges said — to confine his limbs and protect him from the cheese-grater walls. And then, with his teammates watching, they pulled him under the murky water.

The original plan had called for two divers — one in front of the stretcher, one behind. But that configuration was scrapped as too bulky for the shoulder-width passages and elbow turns.

“Having that second person provided you nothing,” the U.S. Air Force officer said.

Instead, a diver kept the swaddled boy in a body-to-body clinch for as much of the swim as possible, the officer said, handing the boy over to a fresh diver after his designated stretch. Keeping the child warm was critical.

“Even then the divers would get cold,” the Air Force officer said. “That is a lot of time in the water and water is constantly running in there because of the flow so that pulls that body heat away even if you have a wet suit.”

The worst portion of the swim was the last one, a deep tubular swoop that held the water like a sink trap. All told, it was a grueling two-hour trek through muck-filled passages.

“It is crawling through mud and underwater tunnels, and you can’t see your hands,” said Erik Brown, a Canadian diver who was among the 18.

But it was the end of the deadliest part.

“Fish on!”

The divers lifted the boy, and the crew at the edge of the water pulled him out. Their dry, final passage out was lined with more than a hundred rescuers. One of them, the U.S. Air Force officer, put his ear to the boy’s mask.

He was breathing. And now, the rescuers could, too.

“It was a huge weight off our shoulders,” the officer said.

'It was a little dicey'...