Local expert talks about the pressures behind cave diving
OMAHA,Neb(FOX42KPTM)-It's been a national story for weeks, 12 boys and their coach trapped inside a cave in Northern Thailand. One man has already died trying to save them.
"I think it's absolutely fascinating and heroic what these divers are doing," Chad Binder says. He's a scuba diver instructor at DiVentures in Omaha.
Binder tells FOX 42 that the task is not easy. The divers are using their hands to feel themselves through the cave because the conditions are brutal.
"They're venturing into an environment where you're going through tunnels and caves that have not been mapped. They're now flooded. You probably can't see. There's black out conditions. The water is muddy," Binder said. "In those caves, you don't have that option, you have to go back out the way you came which is miles deep in there. You have to have enough air to go in and out."
They're also using full face masks. Divers can use those to community with the boys along the way.
"If you have scared kids that are being dragged through the dark, underwater with all this gear on, if they're using communication equipment in the full face mask, they can actually talk to them."
Binder is a recreational diver. He says what he does daily is nowhere close to the task at hand for those divers.
"Once you get into cave diving, you're out of the light, if you get turned around you don't know your way out."
Binder says you have to know what you're doing when you go inside any cave.
"They have the best and brightest minds working on this,"he said.
It's important to note that it takes hundreds of hours of training and practice to safely go cave diving.
The rescue process will continue on Tuesday. There are four boys and the soccer coach still inside the cave.