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Interview with Ben Reymenants – Phuket diver diving at the Tham Luang caves

Transcript of an interview on The Thaiger 102.75 between ‘Waking the Thaiger’ host Garry Holden and Rawai cave-diving specialist Ben Reymenants. Ben has been volunteering his experience, skills and time up at the Tham Luang caves as part of the enormous rescue effort. Here is some of Garry’s conversation with Ben – a fascinating insight into what’s been happening in Chiang Rai over the past few days… How did you get involved in the rescue mission? We run a diving business in Phuket and we specialise in cave exploration and expeditions . We’ve explored some of the deepest caves in southern Thailand and I guess that’s how they got in contact with me. Just before the British team of cave divers arrived we were taking turns of laying lines to where the kids were. The Thai Navy did a great job with effort and man-power but they’re not really cave-trained. So that’s where we came in to pave the way for the British divers to get to the boys. You volunteered? You just jumped on a plane and went to help? Yes, and Air Asia and other companies sponsored a lot of stuff, but yes, it’s voluntary work. I don’t think we should be paid. What were the main hurdles you and the rest of the rescuers had to work out to get into the caves? When we arrived it had just freshly rained so the outflow you could compare to the Colorado River white water rafting. So it was extremely hard to just get to Camp 3 (a kilometre inside the cave), pulling yourself through white water and climbing through with all the gear. And then the actual diving starts. The visibility was so bad, you could not read all the instruments, fighting against the current and finding your... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Interview with Ben Reymenants – Phuket diver diving at the Tham Luang caves, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Interview with Ben Reymenants – Phuket diver diving at the Tham Luang caves

 

 

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Published By: Phuket Gazette - Thursday, 5 July, 2018

 

 

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