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The divers will attempt to bring out 13 non-swimmers through a very challenging cave dive! Harrowing. The way the cave-diving community has mobilized is impressive as cave-diving is a very specific subset of diving—even expert non cave-divers have limited skills for this.
Amazing. The volunteer cave-divers and Thai divers are reportedly tethering themselves to these—until very recently non-swimming children—to guide them through dangerous, narrow cave passages—putting their own lives on the line. Hope the rest goes as well.
Second rescue attempt is reportedly under way. A thread explaining how different caves are compared to what most people see/experience as diving. That particular cave was so challenging that it took days for world’s best cave divers to get through first.
The cross-sections show a no-mount area—a place so narrow that divers have to take off the tank. Reports are that it's about 15 inches/38cm: just lightly taller than an A4 paper. Plus, the chokepoint is an inverted-V. They have to go up and then come down at a sharp angle.
As we celebrate #ThaiCaveRescue, remember Saman Kuan—the Thai diver who gave his life—and the top cave-divers who rushed to put their lives on the line. Especially John Volanthen, Rick Stanton & Richard Harris should never pay for a dinner or drink again.
*Saman Kunan
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