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Wednesday's papers: Thai cave diver, Espoo substance abuse and Tampere lake algae

The newspapers on Wednesday carry stories about underage drug users in Espoo, a Finn involved in the Thai cave rescue and the blue-green algae situation.

Thai Navy Seals worked on the rescue alongside international divers, including Finn Mikko Paasi. Image: Royal Thai Navy

Over the past week the world has been gripped by the saga of the twelve boys trapped in a Thai cave by rising floodwaters. As they were rescued on Tuesday, Iltalehti focuses on the Finnish angle provided by Finnish diver Mikko Paasi, who has been involved in the rescue effort.

A diver for twenty years, Paasi runs a diving school in Thailand and was quick to join the rescue team. His brother tells IL that he's an outgoing, active type who has turned his hand to most sports in the last few decades. He's also a good teacher, having taught his little brother to dive 14 years ago.

"Even then Mikko knew how to calm me down and get me diving, even though it was at first a little disorientating and a little scary," said Lassi Paasi. "He's a real professional, who knows how to keep a cool head in a tight spot."

Espoonlahti drug use

Helsingin Sanomat carries a story about a group of teenage boys in Espoonlahti found to be using multiple intoxicants regularly. Social workers say that some of the parents were shocked to learn that their children had been using drugs, as they'd been away from home regularly.

The teenagers, aged between 12 and 16, had used cannabis, amphetamine, methamphetamine, GBL and a sting of other intoxicants. Some of them were in care before they started using, but some were immediately placed in foster homes to take them out of the situation.

HS reports experts as saying that it's not unusual to see children experimenting with substances, and that parents should make sure they know enough about their children's whereabouts and activities, especially in the summer when they move about more and stay out later.

The paper even quotes Espoo's head of child protection as suggesting that home testing kits can be used to determine what substances youngsters might have been using.

Blue-green algae on the increase

It's the summer swimming season, and that means Finland's lakes, rivers and waterways are full of enthusiastic bathers frolicking in the waves. It also means that the dreaded blue-green algae is threatening the tranquility of our shoreside fun, bringing as it does the risk of illness if ingested.

Aamulehti has woken to the danger, and reports that six of Tampere's 31 lakes now have some blue-green algae spoiling things for swimmers: Kaupinoja, Peltolammi, Ryydynpohja, Eliander, Kämmenniemi and Ristimäki. The situation is expected to worsen in the coming days, as hot weather takes hold in Finland.

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