Thai cave rescue: Authorities beg for mercy of ‘rain god’ in mission to save remaining boys
With eight of the 12 boys who were trapped with their soccer coach now freed from the flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, authorities say the time for rescuing the others will depend on the weather.
- Authorities expecting heavy rain this week which could flood Thai cave tunnels with fast-flowing water
- Rescuers may need more than 20 hours to mount next mission
- Thailand’s Prime Minister visits site to inspect operation
The mission, which started on Sunday, is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the labyrinthine tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water.
A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided four boys on Sunday and a further four on Monday through narrow, submerged channels from the muddy bank deep inside the Tham Luang cave where they had been stranded for more than two weeks.
“All four boys have arrived at hospital, all are safe,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters of those freed on Monday.
Asked whether the remaining four “Wild Boars” and their coach would come out at the same time in the next rescue effort, he said: “It depends on the plan … We have set the plan for four people so if they want to take five out [at the same time], then they need to change the plan.”
Frozen vegetables recalled from Woolworths, Aldi, IGA supermarkets over listeria concerns
Popular brands of frozen vegetables are being recalled from supermarkets across Australia over fears of potential contamination by the deadly listeria bacteria, which killed six people in NSW and Victoria earlier this year.
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) on Monday issued an alert for a number of brands of vegetable products across Aldi, Woolworths and IGA stores.
Some of the vegetables were imported from Europe, and the recall in Australia comes after recent recalls in the United Kingdom over the same contamination fears.
Major brands affected
Belgium-based frozen food distributor Greenyard Frozen NV is conducting the recall of its products.
The following products sold in Australia have been included in the recall:
- Woolworths – Essentials snap frozen mixed veg 1kg: Carrots, peas, corn, green beans & potatoes – National distribution. Best before dates 19 MAR 2020 through to 24 APR 2020
- Woolworths – Bell Farms Steam Veggie Carrot Corn and Broccoli 3pk 450g – National distribution, all stock
- IGA – Black & Gold Corn Kernels 500g – National distribution. Best before all dates
- IGA – Black & Gold Mixed Vegetables 1kg: Carrots, peas, beans & corn – National distribution. Best before all dates
- ALDI – Market Fare Peas, Carrots and Super Sweet Corn 1kg – National distribution
- ALDI – Market Fare Corn Kernels 1kg QLD, VIC, WA and select NSW stores. Product of Hungary (only)
- ALDI – Market Fare Mixed Vegetables 1kg QLD, NSW, ACT, WA. Packed in Belgium from imported and Belgian ingredients (only)
- ALDI – Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Broccoli and Cauliflower 450g – National distribution
- ALDI – Market Fare Quick Steam Carrot Corn and Broccoli 450g – National distribution
- ALDI – Only products with country of origin of Belgium, United Kingdom or Hungary. All other countries not affected
Man sues wife for negligence after jumping from their Mercedes Benz
A man who was catastrophically injured after he jumped from a moving vehicle has sued the driver — his wife — for negligence, claiming she failed to apply the brakes after seeing he was about to jump.
Brian Lim took his case to the NSW District Court and, in a hearing in November last year, claimed his injuries would not have been as severe had Eunkyung Cho slammed her foot on the brakes of their Mercedes Benz.
The court heard Mr Lim and Ms Cho and their two children, aged four and two, had been out to dinner at a barbecue restaurant in Belmore in December 2012 when they began to argue after Mr Lim spoke with an acquaintance.
The argument continued on the drive home, when Ms Cho made a disparaging remark about Mr Lim’s parents and he told her he wanted a divorce.
As the car travelled along Barker Road in Strathfield, Mr Lim opened the passenger door and Ms Cho reached across to grab him, before he jumped.
Police and ambulance attended the scene and the court heard Mr Lim was left with “catastrophic” injuries and was “under legal incapacity”.
After hearing evidence from engineering experts with expertise in the biomechanics of traffic accident trauma, Judge David Wilson found that Ms Cho had been driving at about 50 kilometres an hour at the time of the incident, and that emergency braking could have caused injury to her “two very young children in the car” and to other road users.
The judge found that while Ms Cho had a duty of care to ensure Mr Lim’s safety while in the car, that duty did not extend to protecting him from harm he caused to himself which he described as “entirely out of character”.
“The vehicle was, at the time the incident occurred, close to home,” Judge Wilson said, adding that a “reasonable person” would not have jumped from a car travelling at that speed.
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