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    Thai Rescue Unit Frees Buddhist Monk Trapped in Flooded Cave | World News


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    BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai rescue workers said on Wednesday they had freed a Buddhist monk trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand’s Phitsanulok province, after he went inside days ago to meditate.

    The monk, identified by a local rescue unit as 46-year-old Phra Ajarn Manas, was on a pilgrimage from another province and had gone into the Phra Sai Ngam cave in Phitsanulok on Saturday.

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    An unseasonal rainstorm that struck on Sunday and continued through Tuesday flooded parts of the cave while he was inside, the local rescue unit said on its Facebook page.

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    Pictures on the unit’s Facebook page showed the monk on Wednesday sitting inside the cave surrounded by rescue workers and having his blood pressure taken.

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    “At 11:30 a.m.(0230 GMT) we successfully rescued Phra Manas out of the cave,” the unit said in a post.

    One of the rescue workers confirmed in a phone call that the monk was out of the cave and getting first aid.

    Seventeen divers participated in the effort to find and free the monk.

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    Thailand made global headlines in 2018 with the high-profile rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in the northern town of Chiang Rai.

    (Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Tom Hogue)

    Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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