Divers saved a Buddhist monk from a flooded cave in Thailand after four days. The 46-year-old monk entered the cave in the northern province of Phitsanulok to meditate. He was ambushed by heavy rainfall.
The rain caused the water level in the cave to rise, blocking the entrance. The monk brought himself to safety on higher ground in the cave, says the head of the disaster service. Many Thai caves have altars in places that are considered sacred.
Every year in April, the monk makes a pilgrimage from another province to this cave. When he did not return after the rainfall, villagers were worried and engaged the emergency services.
Hundreds of rescue workers, including divers, doctors and other specialists, gathered at the cave. Seven divers went inside. The monk was then escorted out. They had to travel under water a distance of about twelve meters.
Footballertjes in 2018
The imprisoned and successful rescue of the man is reminiscent of the rescue operation of a group of twelve young footballers and their 25-year-old coach.
They spent more than two weeks in 2018 in the Tham Luang caves, also in northern Thailand. A team of international cave divers and Thai soldiers finally managed to save the boys and their coach.