10 Jul '18, 2pm

US Rescue Troops Helped Prep Way Out for Thai Boys to Escape Cave

US Rescue Troops Helped Prep Way Out for Thai Boys to Escape Cave

U.S. military personnel assisted the Thai-led international effort in preparing the way out for the 12 Moo Pa (Wild Boars) youth soccer players and their coach from the labyrinthine cave complex where they had been marooned since June 23. Working inside the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand, U.S. personnel staged equipment along the 2.4-mile escape route and helped prepare three cave chambers for safe passage, Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Monday. U.S. personnel also assisted Thai Navy SEAL divers in escorting the boys, aged 11 to 16, to safety through the final passages of the cave system and provided medical and technical assistance, he said. The U.S. team of 42 personnel from the Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group Thailand included members of the 353rd Special Operations Group, Manning said. "Coordination and interaction wit...

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