|A leisure caving that quickly turned into survival scenario. Java Indonesia|
Disclaimer: I am not a cave-diving specialist. The fiction narrative below is based on my experience as a Scuba Dive Master, limited wreck and cave-diving experience, and a few spelunking (caving) trips – including 1 major trip in Java where my team got lost for 6 hours with no map, guide and extra provisions. And although part of mountain and water - Search & Rescue team, hands-on experience are mostly reef-diving related.
Invite me to participate in the Thai cave rescue and there will be no second thoughts to say NO! Or I’ll think 100 times, 99% saying No. That 1%? – It’ll be ”If there’s no other choice” and/or a loved one was trap in there. It will be a big life risk – equally, if not more dangerous than climbing a high-altitude mountain ridge with a sudden squall. Caving alone is dangerous, but mixed with diving will be something else. Further mix it with a complex task to rescue teenagers – that’ll be a perfect recipe for disaster. There’s very little margin for error, if at all.
Now, inspired by Discovery Channel’s feature - here’s to provide a (fake) story to give some audience a ‘feel and glimpse’ of what it could be like for the rescue divers…. The fear, the daunting tasks, the thankless job.