It was touch and go, says Singaporean diver in cave rescue

Singaporean diver Douglas Yeo (right) with Thai navy Seal “Joe” (left), who was his buddy during the rescue operation, and another Thai navy Seal, who was the supervisor of the site where they were deployed inside the cave. Mr Yeo is the only kno
Singaporean diver Douglas Yeo (right) with Thai navy Seal “Joe” (left), who was his buddy during the rescue operation, and another Thai navy Seal, who was the supervisor of the site where they were deployed inside the cave. Mr Yeo is the only known Singaporean in the multinational rescue effort. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Rescuers carrying one of the boys inside Tham Luang cave during the rescue operation, in a handout photo from the Thai navy Seals.
Rescuers carrying one of the boys inside Tham Luang cave during the rescue operation, in a handout photo from the Thai navy Seals. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Thai navy personnel taking a group photo before they departed from Chiang Rai yesterday after completing the rescue mission.
Thai navy personnel taking a group photo before they departed from Chiang Rai yesterday after completing the rescue mission. PHOTO: REUTERS

Diving veteran who flew to Chiang Rai was involved in the evacuation of last five victims

Coming out of the Tham Luang complex covered in mud, the stocky diver could pass off as one of the Thai navy Seals in the team working to rescue the young footballers trapped in the cave in northern Thailand.

But he was not.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2018, with the headline 'It was touch and go, says Singaporean diver in cave rescue'. Print Edition | Subscribe