Thai cave boys rescue nearly ended in disaster when pumps FAILED

Mail Online | 7/11/2018 | Sara Malm In London;Nick Fagge In Chiang Rai, Thailand, For Mailonline
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The miracle rescue of 12 young football players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand could have ended in tragedy, when pumps draining the water failed shortly after the final boy was rescued.

Divers at the scene have revealed how they heard screaming from further inside the cave and saw rescue workers scrambling towards the entrance as the water levels suddenly rose.

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It came after the last remaining four school boys and their coach, who had been trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex for 18 days, were carried out on stretchers as the three-day operation came to an end.

'The screams started coming because the main pumps failed and the water started rising,' one of the divers told The Guardian.

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The diver and two Australian colleagues had been in the process of clearing out after the successful rescue operation on Tuesday when they suddenly saw 'a rush of head torches' as rescue workers ran for their lives.

Thankfully, they told the newspaper, the remaining 100 members of the rescue team were able to exit safely within an hour, along with the Thai Navy SEALs and the army doctor who had been keeping the Wild Boar FC players company in the cave.

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The Navy SEALs had stayed with the group since they were discovered huddled together on a muddy ledge 2,620ft (800 metres) underground on July 2.

The 12 football players, aged 11 to 16, and their coach had become trapped during a visit on June 23 when monsoon floods blocked the cave exit and forced them back three miles into the mountain.

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They ended up stranded on a ledge, starving in the darkness, until they were found by a team of British divers over a week later.

The rescue operation which began on Sunday came into fruition after several days of frantic planning and preparation.


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