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Situation ‘perfect’ for evacuation – Narongsak Osottanakorn

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Narongsak Osottanakorn, chief of the rescue operation, is saying that conditions are ‘perfect’ for an attempted evacuation. He says that the weather should be OK, in the next few days, for an attempted evacuation. Any longer than this and the rains will return along with conditions inside the cave becoming more challenging as well. This is a more upbeat mood than his last media conference last night.

Whilst the immediate problem of fresh oxygen into the cave has now been solved – rescuers have established a series of lines pumping fresh air into the chamber where the team is – the rising levels of carbon di-oxide is now becoming a looming challenge.

The “Wild Boar” football team, and the ongoing drama to get rescued from the caves, is world-wide headlines now. They became trapped in a cramped chamber of the Tham Luang caves two week ago.

Rescuers say the evacuation of the boys is a race against time with monsoonal rains expected to start soon which will undo the last week of good work pumping out water from the exit route.

Narongsak Osottanakorn says that now, and in the next three or four days, the conditions are perfectin terms of the water, the weather and the boys’ health.

This represents a change of heart compared to last night’s oddly timed media conference at midnight where he said things were ‘urgent’ but didn’t raise the prospect of an evacuation by diving and trekking as a viable alternative, partly due to the tragedy earlier in the day when it was announced that a 38 former Thai Navy SEAL had died whilst making his way out from the boy’s current location.

He also spoke about the rise of waters in the spot where the boys are currently sheltering if the floodwaters started rushing into the caves again. Rescuers have estimated that the muddy area might shrink to less than 10 square metres if the waters were to rise again making the situation inside the cave less and less attractive from a long-term basis.

Earlier today Thai Navy SEALS posted touching notes written by the footballers to their families. Birthday parties and food are on their mind.

Sompong Jaiwong (Pong): I love you dad and mum. Don’t worry. We are all safe now. Love you all.

Pipat Photi (Nik): I love you, dad and mum. I love my siblings as well. When I come out, please take me to a pork pan (shabu) shop. Love you all.

Mongkol Boonpiam (Mark): Mum, are you doing well at home? I am doing well. Please tell my teacher I love her. Love you, mum.

Phanumart Saengdee (Mik): Don’t worry about me. I miss you all, grandpa, aunt, mother, dad and siblings. I am happy inside here. The SEALs take good care of me. Love you all.

Ekkarat Wongsukchan (Bew): Don’t worry about me, dad and mum. I’ll be away for just two weeks. I’ll later help you, mum, sell goods when I have time. I’ll rush out of here.

Pornchai Khamluang (Tee): Don’t worry about me. I hope you all, dad, mum, and siblings, are happy.

Duangphet Promthep (Tom): I am doing well. But the air is cold. Don’t worry. But don’t forget my birthday party.

Adul Sam-on (Adul): Don’t worry about us now. I miss you all. I would like to go home as soon as possible.

Pirapat Sompiangchai (Knight): I love you, dad and mum. Don’t worry about me. I love you all.

Natthawut Thakhamsai (Toel): I miss you dad and mum. I love you all. Don’t worry about me. I can take care of myself.

Prachak Sutham (Note): I am safe and doing well. Don’t worry. I love you dad and mum.

Risks in any evacuation of the team, by diving out the way they came in, were underlined by the death yesterday of a 38 year old former Thai Navy SEAL diver, who ran out of oxygen while returning from the chamber where the boys are trapped. Saman Kunan had been trying to establish an air line to the chamber when he lost consciousness and died.

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SOURCES: AFP/The Nation



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History books will have to rewrite the Tham Luang cave story

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“Two British divers have today found the 13 team members perched on the Nerm Nom Sao ledge.”

“I promise I will care for the kids as best as possible. I want to say thank you for all the support,” 25 year old Cochairs Ekk wrote in a touching letter, nine days after they were found sitting atop a ledge known as “Nerm Nom Sao” inside the Tham Luang cave by British divers.

And so the narrative goes of the two British divers finding the team at the, now famous, Nerm Nom Sao ledge deep inside the cave. It was said to be about 400 metres past the better known ‘Pattaya Beach’ rise in the caves. The famous photos of the 13 boys perched on the ledge, surviving there for more than a week with only water, went viral around the world.

You can read 100s of versions of the famous discovery on websites, book and documentaries around the world.

Except that, according to one of the British divers who found the boys, it’s wrong.

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Today Australia’s ABC SE Asian correspondent Liam Cochrane revealed that the ‘Nerm Nom Sao’ ledge doesn’t even exist.

According to Liam Cochrane’s Tweet (with corrected grammar)

In a stunning revelation, British caver Vern Unsworth says the #Thai Wild Boars football team was not trapped at ‘Nerm Nom Sao’ but were at ‘Pattaya Beach’ all along. Mr Unsworth went in last month to help clear Tham Luang of silt. Vern Unsworth told the ABC: “Nerm Nom Sao doesn’t exist, it’s a figment if some journalist’s imagination.” If true, this would contradict the official account, every doco and every book (including mine!)

“Well, we’ve been back to Pattaya Beach where the, where the boys were actually found,” Vernon Unsworth told the ABC, just before he guided the Australians into the cave.

Dr Richard Harris and Cr Craig Challen, the two medical cave divers who were instrumental in hatching the plan to sedate the young men as a pivotal part of the cave rescue, revisited the Tham Luang Caves in Chiang Rai today after receiving Thai medals to honour their contribution in a ceremony in Bangkok last Friday.

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Australian Tham Luang cave divers receive prestigious Thai awards

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Australian cave divers Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen have been conferred the Most Admirable Order of the Direkgunabhorn at a ceremony in Bangkok, for their crucial role in the Tham Luang cave rescue.

The pair received the honour in a ceremony at Government House in Bangkok on Friday afternoon, before meeting with the PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“It’s very exciting, it’s great to be back,” Dr Harris said.

“We had no idea at the time of the rescue that this was going to be such a big story.”

Drs Harris and Challen have returned to Thailand for the first time since their crucial contribution to the rescue of the 13 young footballers from the Tham Luang cave site in Chiang Rai almost a year ago.

Drs Harris and Challen were also in January jointly named Australians of the Year – one of the country’s highest honours.

The pair will now travel to Chiang Rai to return to the Tham Luang cave site and meet with the MU Pa football team and their families tomorrow (Monday).

“That’s really exciting for us to go and see them and make sure they’re well and see how they’re doing after the rescue,” Dr Harris said.

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Severe localised storms predicted for central, north and north-east until April 16

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The meteorological office (TMD) says there could be localised severe thunder storms for the entire upper area of the country until Tuesday.

The north, north-east, eastern seaboard and central regions, including Bangkok and surrounding areas could all be randomly hit by tropical thunderstorms.

The TMD office director Phuwiang Prakhammin has warned of rain storms, thunder and lightning, high winds and even hail.

“People were warned to avoid open spaces, not to stand under trees as it is a lightning strike hazard and be careful of unstable advertising hoardings.”

Farmers have also been warned about protecting their livestock and crops in the agriculture-heavy northeastern provinces. Here are the provinces that may be affected…

Northeast: Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani

Northern region: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Lampang, Tak, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun

Central: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Suphanburi, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, and Bangkok.

East: Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat

SOURCE: Daily News

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