After the cave rescue

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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by Dannie Boy » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:03 pm

europtimiste wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Dannie Boy wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:42 am
Meanwhile Theresa May meets the British people involved in the rescue, along with the Thai Ambassador
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... r-rescuers
She didn't give them a medal as Australian PM did to Aussi rescuers.
That honor is reserved for Her Majesty the Queen!!

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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by europtimiste » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:18 pm

Dannie Boy wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:03 pm
europtimiste wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 pm
Dannie Boy wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:42 am
Meanwhile Theresa May meets the British people involved in the rescue, along with the Thai Ambassador
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... r-rescuers
She didn't give them a medal as Australian PM did to Aussi rescuers.
That honor is reserved for Her Majesty the Queen!!
Hope she will do soon.

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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by Aussie69 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:14 pm

europtimiste wrote:
Dannie Boy wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:42 am
Meanwhile Theresa May meets the British people involved in the rescue, along with the Thai Ambassador
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... r-rescuers
She didn't give them a medal as Australian PM did to Aussi rescuers.
It seems that you need to win the world cup to be eligible Image

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Post by Nereus » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:35 pm

Construction of Tham Luang rescue museum begins

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CHIANG RAI: Construction of the planned rescue museum and statue of Sgt Sam, led by national artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, has begun at a site near Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district and is expected to be completed in 4-5 months.

Local artists, senior officials of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and the Royal Forest Department gathered outside the cave in Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Nong Forest Park to launch the start of the project on Wednesday.

A religious ceremony paid respect to holy spirits and sought blessings for the work.
The centre will memorialise the epic rescue of 12 young footballers and their coach from the Moo Paa Academy club who were trapped in the flooded cave from June 23 to July 10.

It will comprise a gallery building, a toilet block and a statue of ex-Navy Seal Saman Gunan, who died during the rescue mission.

Mr Chalermchai said he was pleased the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment supported the quick start of construction.
The gallery building would house the 3 metres x 13 metres canvas painting done by artists at the Art Bridge Chiang Rai centre, and other paintings. Photographs of the rescue operation would also be on display there, Mr Chalermchai said.

The statue of Lt Cdr Saman, also known as Sgt Sam, was about 40% completed and local rock carvers would supply the plinth - two black granite rocks.

"This place will be of national interest because it will commemorate the event, the cooperation and the hero who sacrificed his life. It will attract foreign tourists and local visitors.

"Construction will take 4-5 months. In the end, the buildings and sculpture will blend perfectly with nature and the environment," Mr Chalermchai said.
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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by HHTel » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:41 pm

A religious ceremony paid respect to holy spirits and sought blessings for the work.
How do they know that the spirits gave the blessings they sought?

Seriously though, I agree that something should be put in place to remember the rescue and especially the death of the ex Thai seal.

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Post by Nereus » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:16 pm

Wild Boars boys, coach receive Thai citizenship

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CHIANG RAI: Three Wild Boars footballers and their coach have received Thai citizenship amid cheers from their parents.

Mae Sai district chief Somsak Kanakham held a ceremony on Wednesday to give Thai ID cards to 30 new Thai citizens. Among them were three boys from the Wild Boars "Moo Paa" Academy football club -- Adul Sam-orn, Mongkol Boonpien and Pornchai Khamluang -- and their coach. Ekkapol Chanthawong.

The three boys were granted Thai citizenship under the terms of the Citizenship Act for those migrating to the country. The coach received Thai nationality as he was born at Mae Sai hospital.

Their families, along with Phra Khru Prayut Jetiyanukarn, the abbot of Wat Dao Waoi, were among those attending the ceremony at the district office.

The boys ordained as novices at the temple in Mae Sai on July 25 and returned to normal life on Sunday to continue their studies. The coach, who ordained at the same time, has not left the monkhood.

The new Thai citizens were part of a group of 13 people who entered the cave complex in Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park on June 23 and were trapped by rapidly rising flood water. A team of international and Thai rescuers brought them all out safely between July 8-10.
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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by MDMK » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:31 pm

great! poor buggers deserve every bit of good luck that comes their way.

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Post by Nereus » Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:34 pm

Thai film to retell cave rescue drama

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A Thai film retelling the story of the Tham Luang cave operation will start filming in November, said its director and producer.

Titled Nang Non in Thai and The Cave in English, the film has been mounted by Tom Waller, a Thai filmmaker of Irish descent, who spoke to the Bangkok Post at the Toronto International Film Festival where he gave a presentation of the project to prospective foreign distributors over the weekend.

Nang Non, titled after the name of the mountain range and the cave in Chiang Rai where the 12 Wild Boar football team members and their coach were trapped from June 23 to July 10, is likely to be the first feature film project that materialises about the project after at least five other producers, mostly international ones, have expressed interest in recounting the story that gripped the world's attention.

"The film is happening," said Mr Waller, whose past films include The Last Executioner, about Thailand's last prison executioner, and Mindfulness and Murder, a temple-set suspense story in which a monk tries to solve a murder. "The first draft of the script is finished, and in October we will start building sets," Mr Waller said.

He said that the film Nang Non will focus on "first-person perspectives" and "unsung heroes" who took part in the mission. There will be four or five main characters based on real Thai and international volunteers.

Mr Waller has recently interviewed Jim Warny, an Ireland-based cave diver who was responsible for bringing out Ekkapol Chanthawong, or Coach Ake, on the last day of the operation, and who was declared "a hero" by the Irish press. Mr Warny's experience will form a main part of the film, said Mr Waller.

Though the government has said that all film projects about the cave rescue would have to go through a special panel for vetting, the rule seems to apply only to foreign film productions. Mr Waller said he has begun contacting authorities to ask for permission to shoot at some locations, including parts of Tham Luang cave.

Mr Waller declined to discuss the budget or possible casting. "One thing is certain, I won't exploit anyone involved in the incident," he said. "I want to show the volunteer spirit that fascinated the world," he said.
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Post by handdrummer » Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:08 pm

thing is certain, I won't exploit anyone involved in the incident," he said. "I want to show the volunteer spirit that fascinated the world," he said.

That would be refreshing and unusual.

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Post by JWWhite » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:39 pm

Thai cave rescue stirs memories of America’s largest cave search in Hannibal.
The rescue missions — more than 50 years apart — parallel one another, demonstrating the dangers of amateur caving and the painstaking process to rescue those trapped.

Much of the world rejoiced Monday with the news that divers had rescued the final four of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand.

The developments Monday ended a two-week ordeal that captivated audiences across the globe anxious to see members of the soccer team rescued, as journalists chronicled the international effort to see the boys to safety.

The concentration of divers, cave experts and military personnel are reminiscent of America’s largest cave search that took place in the 1960s in Hannibal, when the nation’s eyes were trained on the rescue attempt of three boys who went missing beneath Hannibal.
http://www.hannibal.net/news/20180710/t ... n-hannibal
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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by HHTel » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:26 pm

This story was published a couple of months ago and this may sound insensitive but the two situations are only similar in that caves were involved.
One was wet, one was dry.
One involved a dangerous rescue, one didn't even find the boys to rescue.
One was successful, one was unsuccessful.

It does of course demonstrate the painstaking and lengthy search at both incidents. The three boys lost at Hannibal were never found and the only clue was a sighting of them heading for the cave area. One theory is workers building the road blasted holes, some of which gave access to the cave, and that the boys ventured into one of these holes which were filled in some days later, possibly burying the boys. It could be that they never got to the cave at all.
I doubt we'll ever know.

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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by Nereus » Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:50 am

Not sure how this will work out, but at least it has been filed in the USA:
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Chiang Rai cave rescuer files suit against Elon Musk

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... -elon-musk

A British diver from Chiang Rai who helped rescue the Wild Boars team from the Tham Luang cave has sued Elon Musk, alleging that the Tesla CEO falsely accused him of being a paedophile.

Diver Vernon Unsworth, who is from north of London, contends that Mr Musk made the false allegation on Twitter and then repeated multiple other falsehoods after the dramatic rescue of the young football players and their coach in July.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court Monday seeks more than $75,000 in compensatory damages, an unspecified amount in punitive damages and a court order stopping Mr Musk from making further allegations. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr Musk called Mr Unsworth a "pedo" in a tweet to his 22.5 million followers after Mr Unsworth criticised Mr Musk in a July 13 television interview with CNN about the rescue.

Mr Musk and engineers from his rocket company, SpaceX, built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. The device wasn't used and in the interview, Mr Unsworth called it a "PR stunt" and said it wouldn't have worked to free the boys who were trapped in the flooded cave. He also said Mr Musk "can stick his submarine somewhere where it hurts."

The lawsuit alleges that Mr Musk, apparently angered by Mr Unsworth's remarks, began a campaign to destroy his reputation "by publishing false and heinous accusations of criminality against him to the public."

In a series of tweets July 15, Mr Musk, who personally delivered the submarine to the cave, wrote that he never saw Mr Unsworth and challenged him to show a video of the final rescue. "Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it," Mr Musk tweeted. Later on Twitter, Mr Musk wrote "Bet ya a signed dollar it's true."

Later Mr Musk deleted the tweets and apologised after being criticised by shareholders, the lawsuit alleged, stating in a tweet that his words were "spoken in anger" and that the sub was built out of kindness according to specifications from the dive team leader.

But on Aug 28, Mr Musk tweeted about Mr Unsworth once again, writing: "You don't think it's strange he hasn't sued me? He was offered free legal services." The lawsuit states that with the tweet, Mr Musk sought to tell the average reader that Mr Unsworth's failure to sue at the time was evidence that Mr Unsworth is a paedophile.

Two days after the Aug 28 tweet, Mr Musk emailed a BuzzFeed News reporter, suggesting that the reporter investigate Mr Unsworth and "stop defending child rapists," according to the lawsuit, which is 65 pages with exhibits.

"He's an old, single white guy from England who's been travelling or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years," Mr Musk wrote, adding that Mr Unsworth moved in Thailand "for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time," according to the lawsuit.

Then in a second email to BuzzFeed, Mr Musk accused Mr Unsworth of being a liar and said he wasn't on the cave dive team.

"Mr Unsworth is not a paedophile. Mr Unsworth has never engaged in an act of paedophilia. Mr Unsworth is not a child rapist," the lawsuit stated, adding that Mr Unsworth has never been married to a minor.

Mr Unsworth has a "significant other" in Thailand, a 40-year-old woman with whom he shares a house, according to the lawsuit. He first started going to Thailand in 2011, where he explored and mapped caves, the documents stated.

The lawsuit explains Mr Unsworth's role in the rescue, saying that on June 23, when the soccer players became trapped, several Thai officials called and asked him to go to the cave as soon as possible. He was the first foreign rescuer to arrive.

He recommended that the Thai government seek help from divers in the United Kingdom, and Mr Unsworth called friend and fellow diver Rob Harper. Mr Harper, who had just returned from exploring Thai caves with Mr Unsworth, brought two other divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, to help with the rescue.

The boys, ages 11-16, were found July 2 by Mr Volanthen and Mr Stanton, according to the lawsuit.

The last soccer player was rescued July 8. "Together with Mr Unsworth, Mr Harper, Mr Volanthen, and Mr Stanton put together the dive portion of the rescue plan that ultimately saved the boys," the lawsuit stated. It concedes that Mr Unsworth was not involved in the final planning stages of the rescue because he didn't have enough experience to make the dive.

The lawsuit was filed by lawyers led by L. Lin Wood, an Atlanta attorney who has represented plaintiffs in several high-profile libel cases including the family of homicide victim JonBenet Ramsey and security guard Richard Jewel, who was accused in media reports of being a suspect in a 1996 bombing during the Olympics in Atlanta, a crime committed by anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph. The documents said a separate lawsuit would be filed in England.

Mr Unsworth will not do interviews, Mr Wood said, but the attorney said in a statement that Mr Musk's wealth "cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability for his wrongdoing in a court of law."

Mr Unsworth's British lawyer, Mark Stephens, said that "Twibels (Twitter libels) show that falsehoods by the rich and powerful can circulate round the globe to their 22.5 million followers and to the media before the truth can pull its boots on."

"The truth has now got its boots on and Elon Musk is being brought to account for repeatedly attacking and taunting the good name of an ordinary spelunker: Vernon Unsworth who answered the call and (with others) put his life on the line to help rescue the 13 trapped in the caves in Thailand," he said.

Mr Stephens did not say when Mr Unsworth planned to file a claim in the British courts.
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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by handdrummer » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:57 pm

Musk will have to sell a lot of cars to cover this claim.

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Re: After the cave rescue

Post by JWWhite » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:35 pm

Breaking News: British cave divers also rescued four trapped Thai rescuers in Tham Luang Cave
When Rick Stanton and John Volanthen surfaced in Chamber 3 of Tham Luang Cave on day 6 of the rescue to find four people waiting for them they first thought they’d somehow found the boys of the trapped Wild Boar team. In fact they’d discovered four lost Thai rescuers who had been trapped by the rising floodwaters. In the chaos of the early days of the rescue the absence of the men had been unreported and so had not been noticed by the Thai authorities and or the outside world. What followed was a dramatic and unparalleled “snatch” rescue mission perfectly conceived and executed as they dived the four men through three sumps to safety.

Rick Stanton recounted the story of the rescue in a detailed one and half hour long lecture at Hidden Earth, held at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form in North Somerset, an annual conference for cavers organised by the the British Cave Research Association and the British Caving Association. Many other details of the rescue were also explained to a packed audience.

The Tham Luang rescue began on Saturday 23rd June after the Wild Boars team were reported missing and their bikes were found at the cave entrance. On day two searchers had penetrated around 1500m into the cave to the Sam Yaek junction, some way past Chamber 3 which would eventually become the site of the Thai Navy Seal dive base. The British Cave Rescue Council received a request from Thai government on Tuesday June 26th and by late that evening a three man team, Rick Stanton, John Volanthen and Rob Harper were en route to Bangkok on a Thai Airways flight. By this time heavy rain had prevented further searching. They arrived at the rescue site the next day and made a reconnaissance dive towards chamber 3, which was now cut off from the cave entrance.
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