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Thailand’s cave boys to be discharged from hospital on Thursday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A screen grab shows boys rescued from the Thai cave wearing mask and resting in a hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand from a July 11, 2018 handout video. Government Public Relations Department (PRD) and Government Spokesman Bureau/Handout via REUTERS TV

Twelve Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand are recovering well from their ordeal and will be discharged from hospital this week, health minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn said on Saturday (July 14).

The last of the 12-member “Wild Boars” soccer team and their coach were brought out of the Tham Luang cave, near the border with Myanmar, on Tuesday (July 10) night, safely ending a perilous rescue and evoking international relief and joy. The boys and their coach have been in the hospital since then.

In a video played at a news conference on Saturday, they appeared well, sitting up in bed, and thanking their rescuers.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had planned to explore the cavern complex for about an hour after soccer practice on June 23. But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them.

All 13 were brought to safety over the course of a three-day rescue, organized by Thai Navy SEALs and an international team of cave-diving experts. -Reuters

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Dengue infects over 59,000, kills 69 in Thailand

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Accumulated wastewater, rubbish in Rim Bung Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand | CCTV via REUTERS

Thailand has seen over 59,000 patients infected with dengue fever, 69 of whom died from the disease, according to the figures given by the country’s health department in September.

In Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the latest number of dengue sufferers is 5,899 with five deaths. Two victims came from the slum of Rim Bung Makkasan, one of the most dengue-hit areas in the city.

The sanitary condition in Rim Bung Makkasan is so bad, with a large amount of rubbish piled up there, and smelly wastewater accumulated in low-lying areas, which provide a suitable environment for insects like mosquitoes to grow up in the rainy season, intensifying the epidemic situation here.

Most of the residents living in the shanties in Rim Bung Makkasan are migrant workers and their children and elder family members.

For Uraiphon, her son and grandson were both infected with dengue, and the disease claimed the life of her son days ago.

Uraiphon said there are about 200 people in the slum, some of whom suffered dengue, but now the situation is getting better.

“After my son died of dengue, no one more was diagnosed with the disease here,” said Uraiphon.

Now Bangkok’s disease control department has taken measures to hold back dengue from spreading by killing mosquitoes and eliminating accumulated water.

“The government dispatched workers like avenue leader and medical staffers to help us wipe out disease. The mosquitoes were reproduced from wastewater and rubbish. In recent days, the government is conducting us to work at the sanitary work. We cooperated with each other to make the environment better. We thank them very much,” said Somtawin, another resident in Rim Bung Makkasan

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne contagious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. After infected, the patients will have symptoms like fever, headache, and arthralgia. Now there has no efficient drug to fight against the disease.

In Thailand, the peak time of dengue breakout is the rainy season from July to September. The data from the Thai health department indicate that last year, 9,368 people in Bangkok were infected with Dengue, six of whom lost their lives. — Reuters

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Italian firefighters rescue person from suspended car after Genoa bridge collapse

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Fire brigade retrieving a body from suspended car | Reuters


Italian firefighters carried out a dramatic rescue on Tuesday (August 14) retrieving a person who had been caught in the mangled ruins of his car suspended in the air after the collapse of motorway bridge in Genoa, Italy.

Video released by the fire brigade showed a fireman working to retrieve the person from ropes hanging next to the car caught in the wreckage.

Firefighters searched into the night for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of the collapsed bridge which so far has led to the deaths of at least 26. -Reuters

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EXCLUSIVE: Filipino rock climber Cedjie Aquino shares part in “miracle” cave rescue in Thailand

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, July 19th, 2018


Filipino rock climber Christopher John ‘Cedjie’ Aquino shares experiences in the “miracle” cave rescue of young footballers in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand – On June 23, Filipino Christopher John ‘Cedjie’ Aquino heard of the news about the 12 young footballers and their coach trapped in a flooded underground cave in Chang Rai, Thailand.

The onslaught of the monsoon was relentless and authorities are racing against time to rescue the team.

Videos of the incident have swamped the social media at that time and some of his friends who know of his passion for rock climbing tagged him, asking for his help.

I saw a couple of tags. I was tagged on some post saying that, ‘Hey Chris, do you know if you can help in this situation?’, and then I tried looking at it, and it was like, oh it was a cave incident,” he recalled.

Later that day, Cedjie received a call from local authorities asking for volunteers who are skilled in rock climbing with gears, ready to climb at least 800 meters.

‘Cedjie’is a professional rock climber and instructor


Cedjie has been living and working in Thailand for 20 years. He works as a high school English teacher but during his spare time, he works as a rock climbing instructor and guide in Bangkok. His passion for the dangerous sport led to his involvement in the dramatic cave rescue of the youth football squad.

Cedjie traveled to the Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai with other volunteer climbers. They were tasked to find any possible holes to extract the boys from the flooded cave.

We were on the southern end. What we were doing was trying to find alternate passageways into the main. So we were checking crevices and limestone, has a lot of those…There were tons of holes and the only way that you could access them would be climbing ground up,” he explained.

‘Cedjie’ and his colleague while in action at Tham Luang cave in Chang Rai, Thailand

He said it was a challenge trailblazing through dense vegetation and the heavy rain was making the task harder than it already was.

Cedjie recounted how his team crawled in tight spaces for days, sticking their hands under rocks, not minding the danger of being bitten by poisonous creatures.

 When we were in Chiang Rai, we were climbing for a reason.  And because of that, I think we weren’t really thinking of one’s safety. What pushed us to continue and to not give up was knowing that those were kids trapped in a cave,” he said.

They found a potential hole they could drill through. However, the officials heading the rescue mission chose to extract the team by diving into the submerged cave chambers.

After more than two weeks, the rescue team was able to get the trapped footballers out of the cave, declaring the mission as successful.

But amid praises, Cedjie is quick to say that he is no hero.

I don’t see myself as a hero, I guess I was doing my part. I mean, I knew what I was getting myself into and I was confident enough with my skill set,” he humbly said.

‘Cedjie’ striking a wacky pose on his way to the brave mission.

Cedjie also calls on some people to try rock climbing and training for basic skills that may come in handy in various situations.

Don’t stay at home. Don’t stay glued to your seats and your TV sets or your computers, your laptops, or whatever it is that you do at home. See more of the world, it’s really nice. And also, to stand on top of mountains, you’ll see the marvelous things that God made. It’s very nice, it’s very very nice,” Cedjie concluded. – Kath Dumaraos / UNTV News and Rescue

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