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Grit and dare: How rescuers braved a black maze to save Thai cave boys

None of the rescued children, aged between 11 and 16, were strong swimmers let alone competent divers

Reuters  |  Mae Sai (Thailand) 

Two days after 12 boys and their soccer coach disappeared inside a cave complex in Thailand's mountainous north, a team of Thai Royal Navy SEALs headed before sunrise into the pitch-black maze of muddy passages to find them. "We worked until we forgot the time," said Captain Anan Surawan, chief of the 1st Special Forces Regiment. But their day-long mission failed because, as monsoon rains lashed the limestone hills outside, Anan's men found themselves wading through rapidly rising waters and, fearing for their lives, they turned back. A week later, when ...

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 09:35 IST