- It has not been easy extracting the twelve boys and their soccer coach from the flooded underground cave complex in northern Thailand.
- Each person had to be tethered to two divers and follow a 4.8km-long rope guiding them back to the cave’s entrance, part of it while submerged with a full face-mask.
All twelve boys and their soccer coach have been successfully rescued from a Thai cave complex after an 18-day ordeal that gripped the world.
Because the team was trapped in an underground tunnel, 4kms from the mouth of the cave, getting them out was an ordeal: The boys had to travel that entire distance, tethered to two cave divers with oxygen tanks.
This graphic shows exactly how the team was taken out of the cave:
About 1km of the journey was completely underwater, where everyone had to wear full face masks.
And because the cave’s tunnels are dark, the divers also had to hold onto a 4.8km-long rope and be guided by lights back to the main entrance.
The team was also given anti-anxiety medication to calm them while the divers got them out.
The last four boys and their 25-year-old soccer coach were extracted from the Tham Luang cave network on Tuesday evening, and are being taken to a nearby hospital.
Eight other boys are currently there recovering after being pulled out on Sunday and Monday. They have been kept in a sterilised isolation unit, required to eat soft, plain, and non-spicy food, and are not allowed to watch TV.
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