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Thailand plans extra security measures at 'world famous' cave: PM

 

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Police stand guard near the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's prime minister said on Tuesday extra precautions would have be implemented to safeguard tourists who want to visit a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks.

 

The search and dramatic rescue operation to retrieve the 13 from the cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai has attracted global interest and dominated headlines around the world, putting the ThamLuang cave complex firmly on the map.

 

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha warned that safety measures would have to be put in place inside and outside the cave.

 

"In future, we have to monitor the entrance and exit to the cave. This cave has become world famous … we have to install more lights inside the cave and put up signs," Prayuth told reporters in Bangkok.

 

"It's a dangerous cave," said Prayuth, adding that the cave would be closed to the public for a while until "everything is in order". He did not elaborate.

 

A rescue mission was launched on Sunday and four of the boys were brought out that day and four on Monday. Officials hope the last four boys and their coach will all be out on Tuesday.

 

The 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing on June 23 when they were exploring the cave after soccer practice, just before a rainy season downpour flooded the complex.

 

British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex on Monday last week.

 

Visitors are advised not to enter the cave during the rainy season because it is known to be prone to flooding.

 

Last week, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said it planned to promote the Tham Luang cave as a tourist attraction after it featured so prominently in the news.

 

"The cave has become of interest for both local and foreign travelers," Karuna Dechatiwong, TAT director in Chiang Rai province, told media.

 

Mountainous northern Thailand is riddled with caves.

 

Some have become places of Buddhist worship over the years, with Buddha images placed inside.

 

Many have never been explored.

 

(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre, Panarat Thepgumpanat and Pracha Hariraksapitak; Editing by Robert Birsel)

 
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3 minutes ago, CGW said:

Would this be a gate with a secure lock by any chance?

If  common sense prevails there will be  prefabricated  gate  and a  ready mix  concrete truck on standby to lock it in place in anticipation  of  the  brainless wanting  to  "experience the environment". And that  by no means  rules  out  " media hounds" !

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1 minute ago, Dumbastheycome said:

If  common sense prevails there will be  prefabricated  gate  and a  ready mix  concrete truck on standby to lock it in place in anticipation  of  the  brainless wanting  to  "experience the environment". And that  by no means  rules  out  " media hounds" !

Could the "media hounds" not be given an exception?  ? 

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Trying to figure out how to draw a Do Not Enter sign on the cave wall. That's gonna be a tough one without the ability to use modern tools.

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7 minutes ago, Thailand said:

Door stable bolted horse?

 

But certainly add a ticket booth for tourists.

Rather  too cynical. AS  mentioned  above there are  many  caves which  remain open to the public. Even this one  has a  warning  about  entry  past a  nominated   date. That on this occasion nature  circumvented  the intent of the warning will  no  doubt create  incentive  to "police/control"  entry  to  this now  infamous cave if not  many more.

However  to go with the  cynical perspective this  cave  complex  is  now more  detailed  in  survey than ever  before.

Not  by virtue  of fanatical weekend  Speleologists but   more  by technology  that is  not even  earth bound!

But  due  to  the recent events no  doubt some increase  in  ghoulish interest  will   be attractive.

So  why  not  a  ticket  booth? 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, CGW said:

Could the "media hounds" not be given an exception?  ? 

Why? Why  have  they  been removed  to a  distance  now? Paparazzi are a  menace. Ambulance Chasers  with  no   humanity.

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6 minutes ago, Darcula said:

Trying to figure out how to draw a Do Not Enter sign on the cave wall. That's gonna be a tough one without the ability to use modern tools.

Hmmm.  So  you  envisage a  sign  on the  cave  wall and ponder  how  to  make  it. Your  cave  has  no  decorations ?

I am  sure  Thai  personell will provide some  superior  signage outside with  the  tools they   already  have.

 

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1 hour ago, CGW said:

Would this be a gate with a secure lock by any chance?

More likely turnstiles with a secure coin slot!

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