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KMUT adds hi-tech gear to Chiang Rai cave search

A team from King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok on Tuesday joined efforts to find 12 children and their football coach lost in a flooded Chiang Rai cave since Saturday afternoon.


The 13-strong university team is adding a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) underwater robot and two heat-detecting drones to the arsenal of equipment being used in the rescue effort.

They flew from the military airport in Don Mueang, Bangkok, aboard an aircraft provided by the Royal Thai Air Force Disaster Mitigation Centre.

Sawangthit Srikijsuwan, head of the university’s Centre of Excellence for Astronautical and Marine Engineering, said the ROV’s sonar sensor would be able to assess the cave’s condition and size and an underwater camera would assure divers of better and safer movement.

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