Jul 11, 2018

Drones and divers: on the ground amid the Thai cave media frenzy

The operation to save the soccer team stuck in a flooded cave in Thailand was marked by an unwillingness to back down -- and that was just the journalists.

Matt Blomberg — Freelance journalist

Matt Blomberg

Freelance journalist

The weekslong effort to locate and rescue a dozen boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in the far north of Thailand has helped to illuminate any number of qualities present in different groups of human beings. Children are extremely resilient, Thais are outrageously hospitable, rescue divers are unbelievably brave, and journalists are desperate to get an edge.

Hundreds of media personnel are swarming around one of the biggest stories of the year. Even as the mission is winding down, foreign correspondents are arriving on site in search of an angle.

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