Derek Anderson, US Soldier Who Surges Cold Rescue Operations Caught in Thailand

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U.S. Air Force Master Sargent Derek Anderson. Photo: Thenewstribune.com

Southforward.com – A divers specialist from the United States Air Force (US) reportedly helped save twelve teenagers trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Quoted from The News Tribune, Thursday (12/07/2018), He is known named Derek Anderson (32). He is from the US Air Force in Okinawa, Japan.

He told how he and other rescue teams were doing a rescue operation in the water-filled Cave.

Anderseon said 12 boys and their coach, who was trapped for more than two weeks before being rescued, were tough kids.

The United States is on a rescue mission with teams from Thailand, Britain, Australia and other countries after arriving in the cave on June 28 when it rained in areas in northern Thailand.

As much as in the Cave, He said that the condition of the water is dry. But in a short time, Water in the Cave was back up to half a meter.

“The cave was dry when we arrived, and within an hour and a half was full of 30 centimeters to half a meter and we were forced out,” Anderson said.

“It was only at the beginning of the cave and by that time we realized this problem would be much more complicated than we thought,” Anderson continued.

Thailand’s decision to rescue the boys despite their weak condition and lack of diving experience, was made when the chances during the weather were relatively sunny. Massive operation to pump out water is done and preparing oxygen at the crucial points of the cave, to allow rescue.

“Low oxygen levels, disease risk and risk of heavy rain that could flood the cave complex for months threatened the lives of children in the cave and caused us to have no good choices,” Anderson said.

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