Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Smiles for Land of smiles - 13 trapped in cave still alive and well

From the Sun daily:

BANGKOK: "How many of you?" asks the British voice loudly, a torchlight scanning the gaunt, hungry boys crowded on a muddy bank.

"Thirteen? ... Brilliant" — a remarkable short exchange captured on video has electrified Thailand and paved the way for an astonishing rescue.

The video, which captures the twelve dishevelled and emaciated boys and their football coach sheltering on a slope in the pitch-black belly of a flooded Thai cave, was posted on the official Facebook page of the Thai Navy SEAL early on Tuesday.

Hours later it has been viewed 16 million times.

The footage starts with a touching chorus of "thank you" from the boys, as the rescuers wade through the murky water towards them.

The figures of the 13 loom eerily in and out of the torchlight, framed by the darkened walls of the cave.

Some have their red football shirts pulled low over bare knees to keep out the cold — a sign of their unreadiness for nine days in the Tham Luang cave complex.

They look dazed but those who speak appear lucid, despite the long stretch without food.

The conversation continues with murmurs of Thai as the group confers, punctuated by reassurances from the diver.

'You're very strong'

One boy asks in halting English if they will "go outside".

"No, no, not today ... there's two of us, you have to dive ... we are coming, it's ok. Many people are coming, many, many people, we are the first ... many people come."

The diver raises his fingers to show the group has been underground for ten days, adding "you're very strong".

The diver gives the boys an extra light as the camera jags around and the audio fails, but steadies as one of the boys says "I am very happy."

"We are happy too," the diver adds.

"Thank you so much," said the boys, unfailingly polite despite the urgency of their situation.


  1. What a wonderful news !
    They still need to be safely extracted from the flooded have complex, but the most important point is they are alive and safe.

    On the same day as great news in Malaysia !

    1. Kaytee should stick to writing these and leave malaysia alone

    2. Yeah...great news come in 3s...brave boys saved, our country is also saved. Goods news usually come in 3s...najib al songlap arrested, isa samad also arrested one hour after najib, boys saved !