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WATCH: Rescuers’ Video Shows Elements of Extraordinary Thai Cave Operation

The Thai Navy SEALs posted updates on their Facebook page throughout the extraordinary rescue of 12 boys — the Wild Boars soccer team — and their coach, who found themselves trapped by floodwaters miles inside the Tham Luang cave complex on an afternoon excursion at the tourist attraction near the Burmese border.

The boys subsisted on snacks they’d purchased beforehand to celebrate a team member’s birthday and were aided by the calming influence of their coach, a former Buddhist monk who taught them meditation in the underground labyrinth. They were discovered by British cave divers, and the rescue planned over several days included handoffs to some two dozen rescue divers in the system, using a pulley and stretcher for parts as well as reported sedatives to keep the boys from panicking and potentially pulling at their full face masks during the trip.

Saman Gunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL, lost his life on his way out of the cave during the early stages of the rescue op. He had been delivering oxygen tanks and lost consciousness.

“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the SEALs posted on their Facebook page July 10, followed by an update that four Thai divers who had stayed with the boys in the cave — one of them a doctor — were also out safely.

The SEALs have since shared video of the operation:

Rescuers arrived back from Chiang Rai today:

Bridget Johnson
Bridget Johnson is the Managing Editor for Homeland Security Today. A veteran journalist whose news articles and analyses have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe, Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor and a foreign policy writer at The Hill. Previously she was an editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and syndicated nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. Bridget is a terrorism analyst and security consultant with a specialty in online open-source extremist propaganda, incitement, recruitment, and training. She hosts and presents in Homeland Security Today law enforcement training webinars studying a range of counterterrorism topics including conspiracy theory extremism, complex coordinated attacks, critical infrastructure attacks, arson terrorism, drone and venue threats, antisemitism and white supremacists, anti-government extremism, and WMD threats. She is a Senior Risk Analyst for Gate 15 and a private investigator. Bridget is an NPR on-air contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Observer, National Review Online, Politico, New York Daily News, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, Washington Times, RealClearWorld and more, and has myriad television and radio credits including Al-Jazeera, BBC and SiriusXM.

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