Cave captives rescued - Valuable lesson

In a world increasingly uneasy with itself, and in a world where cynicism is engendered so often and so relentlessly, the rescue of all 12 Thai boys and their football coach from a flooded cave, where they have been trapped for more than two weeks, seems a beacon of good, uplifting news.

That the rescue was realised far more quickly than had been anticipated — at one stage an operation stretching across months was mooted — and ahead of the looming rainy season, shows too the prudence of managing expectations wisely.

The world had been primed to expect a long, slow, even tortuous process but that it was completed so quickly can only add to the joyous reception the boys, their trainer, and the rescue teams received when the last rescued person stood blinking in the daylight.

This adventure ended with just one death so we should all pause for thought and consider anew the risks we take in the name of adrenaline-fuelled adventure.

But most of all we should consider how rescue workers might have to put themselves in jeopardy if we err on the side of recklessness.


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