Source: Government Of Thailand
Numerous countries have commended Thai and international teams for their successful rescue operation in bringing 12 young footballers and their coach out of Tham Lung cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province.
The boys, aged between 11 and 16 years old, are members of the Mu Pa Academy Mae Sai football team. They were trapped deep inside the cave on 23 June 2018, along with their 25-year-old coach. The Government established a Joint Administration Center for Rescue Operations to mobilize efforts to extract the 13 people from the flooded cave.
Rescue personnel spent three days, from 8 to 10 July, on their operation until they were able to bring all the survivors safely out of the cave. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that 47 foreign divers participated in this rescue mission. The successful operation was a result of concerted cooperation from all sectors, with the participation of hundreds of volunteers.
The Prime Minister cited the success as a good example of effective disaster management. He has sent letters of appreciation to leaders of all countries involved in the joint operations. Certificates of honor will also be given to participating officials. He said that many countries were amazed by this difficult task and praised Thai divers and Nay SEALs for their efficient work.
Tham Luang is expected to attract more people into it, so it will be developed as a tourist site in the future. In this regard, the Prime Minister said that safety measures must be emphasized as the first priority.
For example, tourists should not enter the cave during the rainy season. Electricity and warning systems should also be provided. Moreover, signboards must be written in Thai, English, and Chinese. Anyone wanting to enter the cave is required to contact officials first to ensure safety.
As this area is likely to become a famous tourist attraction, he stated that the Ministry of National Resources and Environment and local agencies, such as local administrative organizations, must seek appropriate measures to accommodate tourism in this area in the future.