Don't you just love bureaucracy! I thought that red tape could be avoided or at least lessened during an emergency situation such as a pandemic. Yes we approve or no we don't? At least its public knowledge for the masses eyes.
Sorry, but I have to disagree very strongly with that.
You're absolutely correct about the difference in dive standards and experience (I'm only a basic PADI diver, with nearly all my dives in the Red Sea, but I've also done some caving and led expeds in the Niah caves in Indonesia and the Tawi Atair sinkhole in Oman so I know the differences), but the problem was that without the Navy Seals the experts in cave diving could never have moved enough tanks themselves to carry out the rescue.
Yes, the Seals were way outside their comfort and training zone and they were totally untrained or qualified for the job, but they were all there was and without their involvement all the boys would have died.
Ideally, yes, "Thai police divers [would] have their people trained in cave environments with FFM and sidemount assembly", but they weren't - and, to be fair, how many police forces have that? None, that I'm aware of.
They weren't "irresponsible", but they were the best that were available and without them the boys would have all died. That was the option.
A Phang Nga Community College student who developed blood clots after receiving her second Covid-19 vaccine shot has died of a haemorrhagic stroke following brain surgery. As reported by the Bangkok Post, the student, 20 year old Ketsiree Kongkaew, who had had her left leg amputated, died on Monday morning at Songklanagarind Hospital in Hat Yai. Having first received the Sinovac vaccine, Ketsiree was reported to have suffered a blockage of a limb artery after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine as her second shot. Complaining of a fever and chest pains around three days after receiving the shot, she was initially […]
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