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BBC News:Cave rescue: Boys and football coach free from Tham Luang

发表时间:2018-07-12内容来源:VOA英语学习网
Divers in northern Thailand have rescued all 12 boys and their football coach from flooded caves, 17 days after they got trapped underground. Their plight and the massive, dangerous three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world's attention. The group was cut off on 23 June after heavy rains flooded their way back out. They were found by British divers last week, huddled in darkness on a ledge amid fears they could be forced to stay there for months until water receded. There were cheers as a daring rescue operation involving dozens of divers and hundreds of other rescue workers came to an end on Tuesday evening. A team of 90 expert divers - 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas - worked in the Tham Luang caves. They guided the boys and their coach through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the cave system. Getting to and from the trapped group was an exhausting round trip, even for experienced divers. The process included a mixture of walking, wading, climbing and diving along guide ropes. Wearing full-face masks, which are easier for novice divers than traditional respirators, each boy was accompanied by two divers, who also carried his air supply. The toughest part was about halfway out at a section named "T-Junction", which was so tight that the divers had to take off their air tanks to get through. Beyond that a cavern - called Chamber 3 - was turned into a forward base for the divers. There the boys could rest before making the last, easier walk out to the entrance. They were then taken to hospital in Chiang Rai. The last of the rescue team - three Thai Navy Seals and a doctor - emerged from the cave complex some hours after the last member of the trapped group was released. Captain Duganpet Promtep, 13, is desCRIbed as a motivator and highly respected by his teammates. He had apparently been scouted by several Thai professional clubs. Myanmar-born Adul Sam-on, 14, speaks several languages, and was the only team member to be able to communicate with British divers when they were first discovered. It was 17-year-old Peerapat Sompiangjai's birthday when the group became trapped in the cave. The snacks the boys brought with them to celebrate are likely to have helped them survive their ordeal. Assistant coach Ekapol Chantawong, 25, was said to be the weakest of the group when they were found, as he had reportedly refused to eat any of the food and gave it instead to the boys. 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20180712/BBC-News-Cave-rescue-Boys-and-football-coach-free-from-Tham-.html
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