Following words have thankfully reached ECRA and their members.

Actually ECRA does not stand in the foreground, therefore we understand these lines as thanks to all teams worldwide, independent if already in operation onsite, working in the background or just as standby.

On behalf of the UIS, I thank all who work in the noble area of cave rescue. While I do not have all of the information about the situation in Thailand, this international rescue effort appears to be an excellent example of the cooperation and selfless attitudes of cave rescue teams, which are necessary to save the lives of our own people, as well as those who are not cavers but curious about the mysteries underground.

This situation could have been avoided if the people understood the basic fact of how easily some caves flood and that they should not be entered when there is a possibility of rain. It reminds us that cave rescue education is not only a matter of ropes, pulleys, medicine, and logistics, but to teach people how to explore underground cave safely to reduce the need for future rescues.

Thank you,
George Veni, PhD Executive Director National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
and President International Union of Speleology (UIS)

ECRA cave rescue exercise in Bulgaria
Photo: Sigurður Ólafur Sigurðsson

The European Cave Rescue Association is quite sure, that all do their best for a successfully return to the surface. Many of these experts work on voluntary basis. Many thanks to each of them for their engagement also from ECRA side.

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