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In Thailand, a Tearful Reunion Through Glass

'Everybody started to cry,' says father of rescued boy

(Newser) - "It's like a rebirth." That's how a father is viewing his 11-year-old son's rescue as part of a soccer team pulled by divers from a flooded cave in Thailand. "Everybody started to cry," he adds of the moment Wednesday when family members were... More »

Thai Boys, Coach Are All Out of the Cave

Thai Navy SEALs confirm the rescue is complete

(Newser) - With the "rain god" apparently on the side of Thai rescuers, the nation's most infamous flooded cave is now empty after a two-week ordeal that gripped the world, reports Reuters . "The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," Thai... More »

Thai Cave Rescuers Pull Out 4 More Boys

Divers have ended operations for the day; 4 boys and their coach remain

(Newser) - Four more boys were rescued from a cave system in Thailand on Monday, leaving four more boys and their soccer coach still stranded deep in the system as rescue operations suspended for the day, reports Reuters . Ambulances were seen leaving the scene. The development comes a day after four other... More »

At Least 4 Boys Emerge From Cave; Rescue Put on Pause

'Air tanks must be put back in place'

(Newser) - "There is no other day that we are more ready than today," rescue director Narongsak Osottanakorn said, in announcing that 18 divers had gone in to rescue the Thai soccer team trapped in a cave since late June . "Otherwise we will lose the opportunity." Now, the... More »

Elon Musk's Idea to Save Thai Boys: Make a 'Bouncy Castle'

SpaceX CEO says he's sending engineers over to see if his Boring Company can assist

(Newser) - Initial elation at finding 12 boys and their soccer coach in a Thai cave has since turned to concern at not being able to immediately extract them, and sadness after a diver bringing supplies died during his exit . Now, per the BBC , renewed hope joins those emotions after Tesla and... More »

Report Suggests Health Waning for Some of Boys in Cave

CNN references a new medical assessment

(Newser) - Reports on the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand along with their soccer coach have generally quoted officials as describing the group as in good health . CNN is changing that narrative somewhat, referencing a new doctor's report that described the coach and two boys as experiencing exhaustion... More »

Rescuers Hope Boys Can Walk Out of Flooded Cave

They're 'racing against water,' governor says

(Newser) - The weekend weather forecast has provided an ominous deadline for rescuers scrambling to get 12 young soccer players and their coach out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand. The area has been dry for days but heavy rains are expected to hit soon, potentially driving water levels up, thwarting... More »

Trapped Boys Are Getting Diving Lessons

Time to escape cave may be running out

(Newser) - If 12 boys and their coach are going to get out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand before monsoon rains make their situation worse, it is going to have to happen soon, authorities say. The government says the boys are receiving crash courses in swimming and diving from rescue... More »

Rescuing Boys From Cave Could Take Months

They may have to learn to dive to escape flooded cave system

(Newser) - The discovery of 12 Thai boys and their coach still alive after 10 days trapped in a flooded cave has brought massive relief to their families and an anxious nation—but the military warns that their ordeal could be only just beginning. The group, discovered by two British divers late... More »

Care Packages Dropped Into Thai Cave in Desperate Move

A break in the rain has eased flooding

(Newser) - The effort to locate 12 boys and their soccer coach missing in a cave in Thailand for a week has picked up pace, with a break in the rain easing flooding in the system of caverns and more experts from around the world joining the mission. The search effort in... More »

Hole Punched in Mountain in Desperate Race to Save Boys

More than 600 people are combing the side of a mountain, looking for a way in

(Newser) - Rescuers punched a hole into the side of a mountain on Thursday in a desperate attempt to drain rising water from a flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing for five days, reports the AP . But the effort appeared unsuccessful and the... More »

Amid Frantic Search for Thai Soccer Team, More Rain

'We still have hope. All agencies are trying their best.'

(Newser) - Heavy rainfall stymied efforts to rescue a youth soccer team trapped in a cave in northern Thailand by flooding underground passages faster than water can be pumped out. Muddy water rising to the ceiling of one of the chambers has prevented Thai navy SEAL divers from progressing farther into the... More »

Fresh Footprints Bring Hope for Team Lost in Cave

'The kids are athletes, and they have skills'

(Newser) - The search for a youth soccer team lost for three days in a cave in Thailand resumed Tuesday with a message of hope. "We are still optimistic they are all alive," Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said, adding, "even though they may not have anything to eat,... More »

Youth Soccer Team Missing in Flooded Cave

Authorities have been searching for 2 days in Thailand for 13 missing people

(Newser) - The images on Thailand TV are ominous: Bikes, sneakers, and backpacks left outside a well-known—and dangerous—cave. They belong to 12 boys on a youth soccer team and their coach, who have all been missing since entering the cave system on Saturday afternoon, reports the AP . The boys, ages... More »

Gods Didn't Kill Animals in 'Gate to Hell'—Gas Did

Carbon dioxide is the key, researchers say of legendary Turkish cave

(Newser) - Centuries ago, bulls, rams, and other animals led into an ancient cave for religious ceremonies died of seemingly mystical causes, while the priests accompanying them suffered no such fate. Scientists say they've now figured out the secret behind this "Gate to Hell" in the ancient city of Hierapolis,... More »

In Collapsed Cave, Remarkably Old Human Fossil Discovered

2002 find suggests modern humans may have left Africa 100K years earlier than thought

(Newser) - A fossil found in Israel indicates modern humans may have left Africa as much as 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. Scientists say that an ancient upper jawbone and associated stone tools could also mean that Homo sapiens—modern humans—arose in Africa far earlier than fossils now show.... More »

Record-Setting Underwater Cave System Is So, So Long

It took years, but divers finally connect Mexico's Sac Actun, Dos Ojos systems

(Newser) - For Robert Schmittner, it was a long time coming. "I didn't rest for 14 years," the diver tells Mexico News Daily . Schmittner is the director of exploration for the Great Maya Aquifer Project, which on Jan. 10 discovered the longest underwater cave on Earth. Divers for the... More »

'Incredible' Ice Age Cave Network Found Below Montreal

It stretches the length of 2 football fields

(Newser) - At the end of the last ice age, glaciers rapidly receded across Canada, putting so much pressure on the land below that solid rock split apart. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than a newly discovered cave system some 20 feet below Montreal, Quebec. Suspecting that a cave beneath a... More »

College Spelunking Trip Ends in 60-Hour Mishap

Not a 'no man left behind' situation

(Newser) - An Indiana University freshman is counting his lucky stars that what the Herald-Times reports was his third-ever cave descent wasn't his last. Indiana University freshman Lukas Cavar, 19, was on a beginner's spelunking trip to Sullivan Cave on Sunday when he ended up getting left behind by the... More »

Cave Clues Point to Parched Mideast for 10K Years

Iranian stalagmites indicate rain isn't coming anytime soon

(Newser) - For anyone holding hope that the dry conditions in the Middle East are but a temporary drought, two cave stalagmites taken from Iran tell a long history of the region's precipitation and give a grim prognosis: not much rain for the next 10,000 years. Thanks to their chemical... More »

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