Reminder to self; do not go caving in Thailand in late June. Or, just don't go caving. Period. Amazing work by the British divers and a true international effort in working this problem.. Hope they get these young people out safely.
i couldnt find the story
but how did they get stuck there anyway??
Just Google Thailand soccer team. It's all over the place. Unfortunately, a Thai diver was killed yesterday while trying to deploy oxygen tanks along the proposed (5 hour) underwater escape route. Scary stuff.
so there were 4 sections along the cave with some very narrow crawl ways even when there was no water. It's apparently a 2ish hour trek with climbing and crawling under non flooded conditions. The kids were something like almost 1 mile deep within the caves complex
So the soccer team went down there because it was apparently a tradition for all the junior soccer teams to go deep into the caves and sign their names, they figured they'd have time before the monsoon season really started but there was a surprise storm and they ended up getting trapped.
It was near impossible to get there for divers to start with until they chipped away a few of the openings to fit divers and their tanks. I believe in this instance the navy guy didn't get a clear indication of his oxygen levels left in his tank when he was coming back out.