31 army frogmen to join SEAL team in extraction mission

The Army today sent a team of 31 frogmen from the special force and the 21st Infantry Regiment to assist the Navy SEAL team in the mission to extract the 13 survivors out of the flooded cave.

Army deputy spokesperson Colonel Sirichan Ngathong said today that Army Commander-in-Chief General Gen Chalermchai Sitthisart ordered the frogmen to be flown to Chiang Rai to assist in the rescue mission.

She said that the 32 frogmen had undergone training in combat diving and a course in special diving.

Currently, about 1,100 army troops have been deployed at Tham Luang cave to support the search and rescue operations.  But since the missing 13 have already been located, the colonel said troops who work was previously to carry out a search operation were reassigned to help in draining water out of the cave.


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