Sunday, July 08, 2018

Soccer Team trapped in cave in Thailand. At what point does rescue become cost prohibitive?

This is a mental exercise.

I have no feelings one way or another...I'm just observing things, do a quick cost estimate in my head...factoring in the death of a rescuer and wondering out loud.

At what point does rescue become cost prohibitive?

Let's toss aside paying an "idiot tax" for taking young boys down into a cave system at the start of rainy season in Thailand.  Let's not even dig into the thought process behind that decision.

Let's just look at the battalion or more of rescuers that are lined up to save these guys and their coach.

From the sloppy reporting that I've seen (focused more on the human interest story than the actual mechanics of getting them out) it appears that we see an almost full court press from the Thai military led by their Navy SEALs that have a great reputation, along with a plethora of civilian rescuers all aided by the international community which includes the US and UK just to name a few.

Unfortunately one of the rescuers died from oxygen deprivation and with that being the case I'm sure more than a few have had some close calls.

How much is all this costing?

How many more rescuers will lose their lives in this attempt (even if we don't lose another one questions should be asked) and how do we "balance the books" of those who died with those that were saved?

Does it make sense for society to ignore those that place themselves into disastrous situations?

If we can't ignore those that do stupid stuff at what point does it become cost prohibitive?  When do we say its just not worth it?

Don't throw stones.

I'm just observing this stuff on afternoon news and asking questions that many of you are probably asking too....Consider this a thought exercise only!

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