CR Asia Thailand Helps with Cave Rescue
Thailand and much of the world was recently riveted by the successful rescue of a youth football team “Wild Boars” as they and their coach were pulled out of a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. The 12 boys, aged between 11 and 16 together with their 25 year old coach went into the cave after a training session. Heavy rain while they were exploring the cave saw water levels inside rise rapidly, trapping the team deep inside the cave.
Search efforts expanded into a massive operation and following nine days without contact, the boys were found alive on an elevated rock 4 kilometres from the cave entrance. Various options for extracting the group were considered, but after days of pumping water from the cave system, diminishing oxygen levels and a respite from the rain, the rescue teams took the decision to get everyone out before the next monsoon rains arrived. After a gruelling 18 day battle against the forces of nature and a huge international rescue effort the last of the 13 Wild Boars were extracted from the Tham Luang Cave to jubilant scenes broadcast live around the world.
After a few days of struggling to stem the increasing water levels, Thai authorities called upon CR Asia Thailand to send specialist pumps and personnel to assist with pumping of the flood waters from the cave. We quickly mobilized a team of specialists together with high volume submersible pumps that could be taken deep into the cave system to pump out the muddy floodwaters. After several days of pumping, the water levels reduced to a point where the rescue teams and divers were able to venture far enough into the cave to discover the Wild Boars and eventually pumping enough water out of the cave to enable the safe withdrawal of the team.
The increased activities and numbers of rescue personnel soon led to oxygen levels starting to diminish in the cave. Thai Navy Seals sent a military plane on an urgent mission to Rayong to collect long lengths (approx. 5 kilometres) of our air-hoses and special low pressure regulators. These were flown directly to Chiang Rai along with our operators to replenish oxygen levels throughout the cave system and enable the rescue teams to launch their extraction effort.
CR Asia Thailand is immensely proud to have been part of a huge international rescue team including the Thai Navy, specialist cave divers, police, soldiers, rescue workers and representatives from various companies and government agencies.