Meditating monk rescued from flooded collapse Thailand

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2021-04-08 14:02:44

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This handout from the Prasatbunyasathan Basis taken on April 7, 2021 and acquired on April 8, 2021 reveals Buddhist monk Manas Kemgoh (2nd L), who had been trapped in a flooded cave whereas meditating, surrounded by rescue staff in Phra Sai Ngam collapse Thailand’s Phitsanulok province.
Picture Credit score: AFP

Bangkok: Rescue divers have freed a meditating Buddhist monk from a flooded Thai collapse scenes that echoed the high-profile 2018 rescue of a trapped boys’ soccer group.

Manas Kemgoh, 46, was on a pilgrimage when he entered the Phra Sai Ngam collapse Phitsanulok province, within the nation’s north, on Saturday to meditate.

The monk, sporting solely easy brown robes, was trapped contained in the cave by extreme flooding, till rescuers have been in a position to attain him.

“The rescue basis was knowledgeable on (Tuesday)… by an abbot {that a} monk was lacking and he suspected he had gone right into a cave to meditate,” rescue employee Weerapong Jaighum advised AFP on Thursday.

Thailand monk cave flood
This handout from the Prasatbunyasathan Basis taken on April 7, 2021 and acquired on April 8, 2021 reveals Buddhist monk Manas Kemgoh (C in white), who had been trapped within the flooded Phra Sai Ngam cave whereas meditating, strolling after he was freed by rescue staff in Thailand’s Phitsanulok province.
Picture Credit score: AFP

A group of divers have been dispatched on Tuesday, however shortly bumped into bother.

“Lots of stalactites contained in the cave made it tough for divers’ rescue operation,” he mentioned, including that heavy rainfall finally pressured them to desert the search.

On Wednesday, they mounted a second rescue operation, involving 100 folks.

A small group reached the monk and wrapped him in a foil survival blanket to maintain him heat whereas they checked his state of well being.

“The water degree receded on the second day so we didn’t have to make use of water pumps to pump out trapped water contained in the cave,” Weerapong mentioned.

He mentioned the monk had swimming abilities, had beforehand been diving and was in a position to cope effectively with the rescue.

The monk is now in hospital with a slight fever and well being staff will proceed to observe his situation.

The case drew comparisons with the extraordinary saga of the “Wild Boars” soccer group that captivated the world in 2018.

After an 18-day ordeal, the 12 younger boys and their coach emerged safely from Tham Luang collapse northern Thailand after a rescue mission involving overseas skilled divers and the Thai navy.

The group grew to become international celebrities and have since toured the world.

The rescue has additionally attracted filmmakers desirous to seize the dramatic operation onscreen – with Netflix nabbing the rights to inform the story.

One other movie, “The Cave”, made it to silver screens in Thailand in 2019, specializing in the rescue efforts and even starring one of many overseas divers enjoying himself.

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