Disasters
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Thai navy SEAL dies in cave rescue operation

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/06/18, 10:48 am

Authorities in Thailand confirmed that a former Thai navy SEAL has died while helping with the ongoing rescue operation to extract a boys’ soccer team and their coach from a flooded cave. The SEAL volunteer died after he passed out underwater during a dive to deliver oxygen canisters inside the cave. Thai SEALS are leading the effort to rescue the 12 boys, ages 11-16, and their coach, who have been trapped in Tham Luang cave in the country’s north since June 23. Officials are racing to work ahead of more rains forecast for this weekend.

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Western wildfires drive residents from homes

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/06/18, 10:31 am

Officials in southern Colorado have described a spreading blaze as a “tsunami of fire.” The Spring Creek wildfire has engulfed more than 100,000 acres, making it the third largest wildfire in the state’s history. It has damaged or destroyed more than 250 homes so far. Another fire about three hours west of Denver took an unexpected turn Thursday, forcing sudden evacuations around the town of Basalt. Firefighters continue to battle more than 60 large blazes throughout the drought-stricken West, including blazes in New Mexico, Northern California, Oregon, and Utah.

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Rain, health problems threaten cave rescue

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/05/18, 10:53 am

Rescuers said Thursday that a group of boys in Thailand were not yet healthy enough to attempt a dangerous underwater dive out of the cave where they have been trapped since June 23, CNN reported. Some of the 12 boys, members of a soccer team stranded with their 25-year-old coach, don’t know how to swim, and all of them have suffered from the mental and physical toll of being stuck so long.

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