Filipino teacher in Thailand takes part in rescue operation of trapped football team in Chiang Rai


Davao City is beaming with pride after one of its residents, a Filipino teacher in Thailand, took part in the rescue team who helped locate the 12 young boys of the Wild Boar football team and their coach trapped in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai.

The Filipino teacher identified as Christoffer John Aquino, is a native of Davao City and has been teaching in Thailand for the past 17 years.

In a report from Sunstar, Christoffer John Aquino is a marketing graduate who understood caves and limestone rocks that pushed him to the center of mountaineers and military men who are more familiar with solid ground, water, and vertical rope rescue.

“As a rock climber and past caver, I am familiar with limestone, which is what the mountain is made of. So I was called in to help find an exit passage through cave channels,” Aquino said in an interview through voice call and private message Tuesday, July 3 with Sunstar.

Aquino describes himself as a teacher from Monday to Friday and a rock climbing instructor and guide from Saturday to Sunday.

“I am working on developing climbing routes here in central Thailand,” he said.

“British divers found all 12 boys of the Wild Boar football team and their coach alive around two kilometers into the cave and somewhere between 800 meters to one kilometer below the surface, according to a British Cave Rescue Council briefing note,” Sunstar reported.

In the photo, Aquino wears pink shirt with “Climb Philippines” printed on it.


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