US air force commander Jessica Tait winning hearts in Thai Cave rescue
Women are not just high-fliers, its proved now that they can dive deep down too. The Thang Luang cave rescue of 12 Thai boys and their football coach is a case in point. As the world waited with bated breath for the children to be extracted safely, it knotted its eyes on a daring woman rescuer – US Air Force Captain Jessica Tait of the US Pacific Command (USPC).
The officer was in ‘field command’ of the USPC contingent during the ‘near impossible’ rescue mission. “It is a moment of pride and joy,” Jessica said evaluating the successful mission that concluded Tuesday evening.
The officer, who stayed put on the ground through the arduous operation was the face of determination while the mission progressed rapidly though cautiously, bringing out the stranded children and their coach.
Speaking to the media she had said the children would be brought to safety and took the pain to patiently explain the challenges faced by the rescue team that was hard at work for days on end.
Speaking about the children, an emotional Jessica said it was nothing short of a marvel that the they survived in the dark without food and other vital supplies for such a long period.
No one could miss her beaming enthusiasm when she spoke of how the children clung on to life bravely and smiled when the two US divers finally reached through the treacherous cave.