July 9, 2018 9:00 am

Scott Thompson: Cave rescue watched around the world, until babies are safe

Boys from the under-16 soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave greet members of the Thai rescue team in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a July 3, 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal.

Thai Navy Seal/Handout via REUTERS

There is nothing that will send chills down your spine faster, or garner more attention around the world, than a headline that reads “children trapped.”

On June 23,  a Thai soccer team (aged 11-16) and their coach became stranded in the Tham Luang underground caves they were exploring, when severe rains sealed off their escape route.

For almost 10 days we watched, and waited for any sign of life, any sign of survival as monsoon rains increased.

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Finally, the 13 were discovered deep inside the mountain, fleeing rising waters and depleting oxygen levels.

Can you imagine what the parents are thinking when they try to lie their heads down every night, knowing what their boys have been enduring for over two weeks?

The challenge now is figuring out a way to get them back out through passageways that are now submerged.

Many of the kids can’t swim and will have to undergo an extremely dangerous journey to see the light of day again.

On Friday, an experienced navy seal died while attempting to transport oxygen to the team in the treacherous caves.

Over the weekend, the first boys were rescued but the process is slow and exhausting.

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Just like the Chilean miners who were trapped below the surface for 69 days in 2010, this will no doubt keep our attention and concern for several more days.

Until the babies are home safe.

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.

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