Almost miraculously given the difficulty of the rescue, four of the young boys caught in a flooded cave in Thailand have been rescued as of Sunday night.
I find myself wondering about complex cave rescues, for which I’m sure there is a protocol. Given the protracted nature of this rescue, do rescue divers bring out the strongest boys first, or the weakest? Do they bring the youngest, or the oldest, or is age not a factor? I’m sure the boys come before their coach, who is 25 and the leader of this ill-fated adventure. What if he is suddenly in critical condition — does he move up the triage list? How do the parents of the boys not chosen for an early exit handle their feelings? What is it like to be the parents of the last boys to be rescued? What will happen to the courage of the boys still entrapped if one or more of their group dies?
These kids are young, and their expedition was a foolish mistake. All of us who love children hope that they escape the worst consequences of excrebly poor judgment.
I’m hoping the miracle continues.