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The ‘Wild Boars’ rescue

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The writer is editorial consultant at The Express Tribune, news junkie, bibliophile, cat lover and occasional cyclist

In the week of the World Cup football elimination round in Russia there was only one team that the world was rooting for — the Wild Boars. Twelve boys and their coach were stuck deep in a cave system in northern Thailand. For days they had been presumed dead but they were found, huddled together on a muddy ledge and so commenced an epic of courage, skill, determination, cooperation individually and internationally that culminated on Tuesday with the happiest possible outcome. As they now recuperate in hospital quarantined by Thai authorities being ultra-careful — nasties like leptospirosis and ‘Cave Disease’ are a possibility — it is worth reflecting on some of the lesser-publicised aspects of the operation.

Firstly and perhaps most importantly all of the divers with the exception of Thai military personnel were volunteers and moreover none of them were ‘paid professionals’. Cave diving is not what most of them did for a living, though several are involved........

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