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Thai boys and Sewol children

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By Jason Lim

Thank God they were found. The 12 boys and a coach from a local soccer team were found inside flooded Thai caves after going missing for 10 days. As each day ticked by, there was mounting dread that the boys would never be found. They would either be drowned already or, even worse, desperately clawing out the last days of their short lives in sheer terror against the unrelenting darkness and water.

Just like the Sewol victims.

Although the situations are vastly different, the dread that gripped me upon hearing about the missing boys was a painful echo of what could have been for the Sewol kids. I am not saying that the Sewol victims could have been saved. The ship sank with such speed in cold, churning ocean current that rescue would have been incredibly difficult in any case, even if everything went right.

Then again, finding twelve boys trapped inside a complex cave system more than 2 miles from the entrance isn't exactly easy. Add in rushing, flooded waters, the pitch darkness, and sharp edges of jutting rocks, then danger for the divers were clear and present. Even after several days, when sensible but cruel logic dictated that it's probably a recovery operation rather than a rescue, people persisted in their hope. They didn't........

© The Korea Times