Actually Stonker in essence you have kinda agreed with me. The contribution of the police divers WAS vital and their role in the rescue of these lads was underestimated. But although my statement seems harsh and the word irresponsible should be retracted but my point is that like so many other instances around the world it takes a fatality before measures are taken.
What you said about the Navy Seals being outside their comfort zone is spot on as no matter how well trained an open water diver is, once natural light can no longer illuminate the surroundings in a confined area then he is no longer in a certified environment.
I guess in the end if there was irresponsibility it would lie with the teacher and his lack of understanding about the cave itself. But even then I doubt he deliberately guided himself and his students into a risky situation.
It was a disaster and many should be seen in a positive light. Afterall there can be books and movies about bravery with certain individuals but an honest documentary would show a team effort.
You are right old boy. I was a tab judgemental.
People will differ on what makes a hero. Often that word is senselessly thrown around these days.
In this case, he was a volunteer who without hesitation sought to help kids in such a terrible situation. A man I am sure who did not know if his skills may or may not be sufficient to fulfill the mission requirements. He seems a man simply just there to try and do his best and to help as directed. A man who clearly ready and willing to put himself in harms way without concern for himself. A man who sadly made the ultimate sacrifice in doing so.
In my eyes, the use of "Hero" for such a man in this case is well justified. As it is for all those who succeeded in this.
May he rest in peace. I am sure the boys will not forget his sacrifice for them, nor the efforts of whole team.