Finnish diver reunites to retrieve equipment at Tham Luang cave, Thailand

Mikko Paasi (second from left in the front) at Tham Luang cave on December 2018 (Photo: Mikko Paasi’s Facebook)

Finnish diver, Mikko Paasi will on 24 January 2019 reunite with some of the other highly-skilled divers involved in the rescue of the 12 young Mu Pa footballers and their coach who were trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave in Thailand in July 2018. The divers plan to go back into the cave to clean-up and bring back 100 tonnes of equipment left behind.

This will be the first time that Mr. Paasi and the Thai navy SEALs will meet again since the last July’s rescue.

After the rescue team was successful in saving all 13 lives, they were forced to leave around 100 tonnes of diving equipment such as air tanks, pumps, cables and pipes because of the flood water rushing into the cave.

Six months later, the water level decreased. Many of Thai-based divers, cave experts, rangers, engineer and local volunteer experienced in international rescue effort are expected to take part in the clean-up and retrieval project.

Mr. Paasi, Finnish diving instructor in Koh Tao, Thailand, one of the 18 international divers taking each boy through the most difficult chock-points, says he’s looking forward to resolving questions that had haunted him since the rescue.

“Maybe it was five minutes I was stuck there. I don’t know. Time stopped. I really want to see that spot without water in it. That choke-point has been in my dreams.” he adds.

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