WKU Geologist: Waiting Out Monsoon Season May be the Best Option for Cave Rescue in Thailand

Jul 5, 2018

WKU Geology Professor Dr. Chris Groves stands in a cave called Shi Dong in Yunnan Province China, just a few miles north of the border with Vietnam.
Credit Carl Ganter

Jubilation turned into trepidation in northern Thailand this week where rescuers found 12 boys and their soccer coach alive in a cave after being trapped by floodwaters for nearly two weeks. 

The daunting task now is how and when to extract the group.  The rescue could take weeks or perhaps months.

Dr. Chris Groves is a Distinguished Professor of Hydrogeology at Western Kentucky University.  In this interview with WKU Public Radio, he said rescuers are contending with karst topography similar to the caves and limestone bedrock in south central Kentucky.