Topic Description: Jim Warny, will provide a personal account of the Tham Luang Cave Rescue mission. In June and July 2018, a widely publicised Cave Rescue successfully extricated members of a junior football team trapped in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. Twelve members of the team, aged eleven to seventeen, and their 25-year-old assistant coach entered the cave on 23 June after football practice. Shortly afterwards, heavy rains partially flooded the cave, trapping the group inside. The rescue efforts were an extremely treacherous task that involved people from across the globe. Jim was part of the team of Cave Rescue Specialists that spearheaded the operation. The story of the search and recovery of the boys, and their coach, is truly gripping and an inspiring tale of humanity working together against all odds to save the lives of the young soccer players. Jim will take you through the sequence of events in detail and provide a first hand account of the extraction efforts that lasted 3 days, which involved transporting the boys, one by one, through several kilometres of flooded cave passages.
About the speaker: Jim Warny; a Belgian Cave Explorer is based in the west of Ireland. He has been actively involved in Cave Exploration and rescue for 20 years. For Jim; exploration is his passion and true calling in life. He regularly explores and documents places no one has ever laid eyes on. Caves are truly one of the last frontiers on our planet. Jim will take you on a journey through these harsh yet beautiful places with imagery collected over the many years he spent in the intense darkness. The act of visiting these places in a safe and efficient way is truly rewarding and inspiring. Jim believes the true Spirit of Exploration is something that every human is endowed with from birth and that it is the very essence of human evolution. Subsequently; Jim participated in the production and filming of a feature film telling the story of the many volunteers participating in the Tham Luang Cave Rescue. For his efforts in the rescue Jim was honoured and awarded a Knighthood of the Leopold Order by the King of Belgium.