Like many many people from around the world, I've been enthralled with the unfolding story in Chaing Rai, Northern Thailand, of the 12 young Thai footballers and their coach who nearly two weeks ago were trapped in the Caves of Tham Luang Nang Non.
Whilst the boys were discovered on Monday 2nd July by British cave diving volunteers in a part of the cave system dubbed Pattaya Beach concerns and thoughts of the international team led by the Thia Navy turned to how to safely bring the boys to the surface in time to avoid the torrential rains of the annual Monsoons. The dangers of the task came into ar old former stark reminder when the 38-year-old Petty Officer Saman Gunan, a former member of the Thai Navy, who had valuable experience in diving died whilst refilling the perilously low oxygen supply in the caves on Thursday.
The entire operation and an article in the New Mandala website, which elaborated on the mythology place caves throughout South East Asia have on the Buddhist majority; I was reminded of the effort and heroics of the 1000 strong team, that as I write on Sunday 8 July 2018, are undertaking an attempt to rescue the boys before the rain storms descend on Chiang Rai, Hanuman's act of strength as he in the final push of defeating Ravana, flies to the Himalaya's to retrieve the Visalya Herb tears off the summit and carries it to a poisoned Rama and Laksman. Combining this with traditional Thai Designs of the White monkey god wearing diving gear I've illustrated a striking black and white depiction of rescue encircled with the national flags of countries providing expertise and help to the free the boys and their coach from the caves.