Thai cave operation: Pumps failed after last boy rescued
The rescue of 12 boys and their football coach in Thailand 'almost became a disaster' according to several divers involved in the operation.
According to a Guardian report, water pumps that were used to drain the area and provide air pockets failed just hours after the last boy had been extracted from the cave. Three Australian divers said they hear screaming and a rush of head torches from deep inside the cave. "The screams started coming because the main pumps failed and the water started rising," one of the divers said.
All 12 boys from the 'Wild Boars' football team and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks inside a flooded cave. Their predicament and successful rescue gripped the world with rescuers from the Thailand, Britain, Australia, US, and other countries coming together to get the boys and their coach out safely.
Thailand's decision to dive the boys out despite their weak condition and lack of diving experience was made when a window of opportunity was provided by relatively mild weather.
Derek Anderson, a 32-year-old rescue specialist with the U.S. Air Force based in Okinawa, Japan, said the dozen boys and their coach were "incredibly resilient."
"What was really important was the coach and the boys all came together and discussed staying strong, having the will to live, having the will to survive," Anderson told The Associated Press in an interview
With inputs from AP