Chinese rescuers work in shifts to save trapped Thai footballers

admin   •   July 5, 2018   •   3045

Boys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets react to the camera in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from July 3, 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. Thai Navy Seal/Handout via REUTERS TV


A group of Chinese professional rescuers is working around-the-clock inside a cave in Thailand’s Chiang Rai Province to rescue the 12 boys and their football coach who have been trapped there for over 10 days.

The six Chinese rescuers were invited by the Thailand-China Culture Promotion Committee for the rescue work two days after the incident happened on June 23, according to the Beijing Pinglan Public Welfare Foundation, the organizer of the Chinese rescue team.

“The Chinese embassy supported this idea. With their mediation and the liaison with the local Chinese community, the Thailand-China Culture Promotion Committee sent us an invitation in which they invited the Chinese rescuers to take part in the rescue work. So under such circumstances, we began to prepare for the rescue work,” said Wang Ke, chairman of the foundation.

The Chinese rescue team arrived at the scene in Chiang Rai on June 29 after one day of preparation and then began the rescue work immediately.

The rescuers are professionals in cave rescue and brought with them special equipment for the mission.

“In addition to the team leader who is in charge of the coordination work, we also sent professional cave divers, cave probers, and submersible operators. The team went there with around 400 kilograms of gears, including cave diving equipment and submersible, which are all private properties of the team members used in their daily trainings and rescue missions,” said Wang.

Each of the Chinese rescuers has been implementing multiple tasks during the operation while working in shifts to aid other rescuers around-the-clock.

“Inside the cave, the Chinese rescuers are responsible for delivering the equipment. For example, the operation needs a large amount of oxygen cylinders, so the Chinese rescuers set up a supply station, and then deliver the cylinders to the divers stop by stop. After the oxygen cylinders are emptied, they replenish them for the divers. We have also provided a number of proposals on the rescue plan,” said Wang.

Wang added that the six Chinese rescuers will be participating in the rescue work until the 13 trapped people are moved out of the cave safely at the request of the Thai authorities. — Reuters

Fishermen rescued in sea waters off Zamboanga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 15, 2020

Five fishermen were rescued on Monday (September 14) by navy troops in the sea waters off San Mateo Point, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City.

The navy troops, onboard BA492, noticed four fishermen standing on a boat that capsized due to bad weather.

After rescuing the four, the troops were informed that the boat master was still inside the capsized boat.

The boat master was recovered and rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center. He was declared dead on arrival due to Asphyxiation secondary to accidental drowning.

“We provided the necessary assistance to the victims of the sea mishap and communicated with their respective families,” said Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan, Commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao.

The Philippine Navy extends their sympathy to the family of the boat master identified as 55-year-old Enricky Brocka. The Navy also assured they will provide assistance to victims of the accident. -AAC

Schools across Thailand reopen after coronavirus cases slow down

UNTV News   •   July 1, 2020

Schools across Thailand re-opened on Wednesday (July 1) with coronavirus prevention measures in place, following months of closure.

Nearly 5,000 students returned to Sam Khok school, about 50 km north of Bangkok, wearing face masks and receiving face shields and temperature checks from the school.

“Once students arrive at school, teachers hand face masks to them because it’s mandatory to wear them. We (school) are also providing face shields for students’ project presentations or for eating,” said principal Chuchart Thiengtham.

He added that students were told to stay in home quarantine for 15 days before school re-started as an extra precaution.

The school has also turned old ballot boxes into classroom partitions to enforce social distancing between students.

“I feel safe, but annoyed at the same time because partition blocked my view,” said 17-year-old student, Soponwich Thianthong.

Thailand on Wednesday marked 37 days without a case of local transmission. The coronavirus has killed 58 people among its 3,173 infections.

The country has extended an emergency decree until the end of July in a bid to avoid the risk of a second wave of the coronavirus, although it is also set to ease more restrictions on Wednesday, including reopening bars and allowing some foreigners into the country. (Reuters)

(Production: Vorasit Satienlerk, Jiraporn Kuhakan)

No more touching: Thai mall installs foot pedals in elevators

UNTV News   •   May 21, 2020

No more touching in the elevators as a Thai shopping mall in Bangkok installed foot pedals for customers to step on instead of pressing the buttons, lowering the risk of having to be exposed to germs.

“Now everyone is worried about getting infected with the COVID-19 and the easiest way to get infected is that when you touch an object that has been contaminated with the COVID-19 virus, and then eventually touch your face and the virus will go into your mouth, your eyes or whatever. So, we came up with this idea of hand-free foot-operated elevator,” said Prote Sosothikul, the vice president of Seacon Development PLC which oversees the mall.

The foot-operated elevator pedal system is also welcomed by mall customers, saying they felt safer to use the lift without actually touching the buttons, reducing the risk of getting infected.

“I think they did a good job in preparing this. I feel much safer… Now that we can use our foot to press the elevator, it’s really great,” said 26-year-old Watcharaporn.

Thailand on Sunday (May 17) reopened malls and department stores for the first time since March in its second phase of relaxing measures as the number of new cases slowed.

Thailand has reported a total of 3,034 cases of the coronavirus and 56 deaths. (Reuters)

(Production: Artorn Pookasook, Juarawee Kittisilpa)


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