On the 10th of July, the story heard around the world had a happy ending. The ‘Wild Boars’ – aka the group of Thai boys with their coach – were ALL finally safely out of the cave!
The miraculous event saw various experts and military personnel from different countries came together to make the impossible possible.
Like a Hollywood movie done right, a timeline of the event is a must. And here it is!
23 June 2018, Saturday
The group consisting of twelve Thai boys and a coach entered Tham Luang cave during a heavy rain after their football practices.
They were reported missing by one of the boys’ mother after her son did not return home that night
Local officials found the boys’ football boots and bicycle at the entrance.
25 June 2018, Monday
Thai Navy SEAL divers were assigned to search the group in the cave as heavy rain continued.
27 June 2018, Wednesday
30 American military personnel and three British diving experts arrived to assist in the search mission.
Their search mission was halted due to the heavy flooding.
28 June 2018, Thursday
The downpours continue to halt the progress of the mission and pumps were brought in to brought to drain the flood to ease the missions.
1 July 2018, Sunday
The mission continues, with an operating base being set up in the cave.
Hundreds of the oxygen tank and supplies were stationed at the ‘T- Junction ‘ in the cave.
2 July 2018, Monday
The day when a miracle happened!
The group was found alive by the British divers.
However, there were mixed emotions as the rescue efforts will not be easy. It was reported, that the group – at a weakened condition – had to go through different terrains consisting of a mixture of diving and cave walking.
Worst, none of the boys nor the coach had diving experience. And they needed to dive to a kilometer of water equivalent to 11 football fields to escape!!
Below is a brief visual of where they were found.
3 July 2018, Tuesday
Foods, medical supplies and high calories gel were supplied to the groups.
As they still had to remain in the cave for a moment while the experts figure out the best possible solution to evacuate the groups.
5 July 2018, Thursday
As heavy rainfalls were expected to begin soon, the situation took a drastic. It was a race against time to get the group out BEFORE water submerges the cave.
Rescuer began to find ways to extract the group as quickly as possible. One of it was to search for an alternative opening into the cave.
Across the world, Elon Musk, the CEO of Space X sent a team of engineers to assist the mission in Thailand.
He also suggested various approaches in rescuing the boys.
6 July 2018, Friday
It was a sad day and sobering day that reminded the world about the dangers both the group and rescuers face.
Former Thai Navy SEAL, Saman Gunan who volunteered to help in this mission died after passing out in the cave. He had run out of oxygen after delivering an oxygen tank to the boys and their coach inside the cave.
To make the situation worse, the oxygen level in the cave has begun to drop as reported by the Thai Navy SEAL commander.
8 July 2018, Sunday
The extraction mission begins as more heavy rains are expected to flood the cave.
The extraction team consisted of thirteen world-class divers and Thai Navy SEAL
Four boys were successfully saved and they were sent to the hospital for medical check-ups. However, the mission was temporarily brought to a stop in order for the supplies to be replenished.
Elon Musk had also invented a mini-submarine suitable to aid the mission and it was sent to Thailand.
Pssst, he’s like a real-life Tony Stark.
9 July 2018, Monday
4 boys were rescued and this time it took 9 hours and 100 over rescuers.
Another 5 more to be rescued! The operation was smoother than previously reported.
10 July 2018, Tuesday
After a grueling 18 days, finally, all the 12 boys and their coach were successfully saved! They were immediately sent to the hospital for medical check-ups.
A sigh of relief for all parties.
Nevertheless, the great dedication showed by the rescuers and the perseverance showed by the boys deserve our respect!
Here is how the Wild Boars were rescue and what they had to go through.
And it wasn’t easy!
The teams were racing against time as they extracted the remaining 8 survivors.
They had to rescue the boys before the monsoon rain hits and the further reduction of oxygen in the cave.
While it is tragic that the boys and their coach had to undergo the ordeal, the incident has definitely taught is something.
Despite our differences, when we really are in need there is always someone out there that is willing to help up and EVEN sacrifice themselves for us.
A TRIBUTE TO ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE THAI RESCUE MISSION!