SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a retired Navy SEAL equates the mission to rescue the trapped soccer team in Thailand to the first journey to the moon.
“This is about as complex, but driven by a very short period of time,” said Harward, adding because of the threat of monsoons, “the water could rise and drown the kids.”
The US Navy SEALs, which are known for their notoriously difficult training and underwater missions, work closely with the Thai Navy.
“We train together all the time,” said Harward.
But one of the hardest parts of a rescue like this is mental.
“For these young kids, who have never dived before and some don’t know how to swim you can imagine whats going through their mind and the challenge of the team to build their confidence, and let them know ‘we’re going be with you, we’re going to hold you’ you as these swim pairs did as they brought out the first four,” said Harward.