During the time when the boys and their coach were being rescued from their long stay in the caves, there was not much information about how the rescue was carried out. More details have now emerged of how they survived their ordeal in the cave and how the rescue endeavor that was much more harrowing and difficult than I had imagined. It was sad that a navy seal died in the rescue attempt.
How they carried semi-conscious or very drowsy boys through the technically challenging early stages of the journey out, with a lot of diving in narrow passages, we do not know.
At times they may have been strapped to a diver’s body. Later they were strapped on to a stretcher and suspended from a rope pulley system attached to the cave roof.
The entire operation was complex, innovative and very bold. Nothing like it has been attempted before. Some of those involved described the tasks undertaken by the core divers, who carried the boys out, as superhuman.
The rescue came close to disaster on occasion.
What was also heartwarming about this story was also how people from all over the world pooled their resources and expertise to enable the rescue. While the Thais ran the operation skillfully, they were willing to freely share the credit for the success with their foreign collaborators. If only we could do the same for other situations.
I read that a Christian organization is planning to make a film about it. I suspect that they will, as usual, credit their god for the rescue without blaming him for endangering them in the first place.