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How would you explain “thirty seconds too far in the distance” in the context?

I took my woobie out of my pack and covered him. I couldn’t look anymore. Most of us had seen death in many forms: the slick mess after a suicide bomber, headless bodies gathered in a ditch like a collection of broken dolls on a child’s shelf, even our own boys sometimes, bleeding and crying as it became apparent that the sound of a casevac was thirty seconds too far in the distance. But none of us had seen this.

How would you explain “thirty seconds too far in the distance” in the second to last sentence?
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    The casevac is just a little too far away to arrive in time to help the wounded soldier. If it could arrive thirty seconds sooner, they might save the soldier.

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