Thai cave rescue: Heavy rain a threat to trapped soccer team

Thai cave rescue: Heavy rain a threat to trapped soccer team

Several divers, including a doctor and a nurse, have since yesterday been with the group inside the cave.

Rescuers are now considering how best to bring the group to safety.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared when flooding trapped them after entering the cave on June 23.

Officials cautioned Tuesday that the rescue could take "weeks or months" before the once-wayward group is removed from the cave.

Thai officials say the twelve boys and their coach, who were found alive in a water-logged cave, are being supplied with four months' of food.

He said it is unknown when an extraction could be attempted, but it is unlikely to be Wednesday.

"We have given the boys food, starting from easily digested and high-powered food with enough minerals", Arpakorn told a news conference.

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said on Tuesday morning that a navy SEAL team will make the final call on the evacuation method. "It's an Israeli technology that we're very proud of, that we are able to help them".

The governor said that requests had been made to build "infrastructure" in the cave leading to the pocket where the teenagers and their coach are located. Expert cave divers sent to find the boys took about six hours to actually get to their position, through a series of narrow, twisting passageways.

Experts have said the safest option could be to supply the 12 boys and their coach where they are and wait for the water levels to drop.

Pipob - who followed the search since day one - said the maps of the caves used by different departments did not even share the same information.

One boy replies: "Oh". The search turned tense as time went on and concern grew about whether the group would be found alive.

On Monday, however, a brief break in the weather allowed rescuers to go further into the cave and keep water levels from rising, according to AFP.

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"Thank you all Thais, thank you all foreigners, everybody is a hero and everybody helped each other", Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters. Not to mention the fact that drilling into a cave where thirteen people are now huddled on a small island is, you know, kinda unsafe!

The only trace of them had been bicycles and soccer cleats found outside the entrance of the complex, and handprints along the cave walls.

In video shot by rescuers as the boys were found, flickering torchlight revealed boys clad in shorts and red and blue shirts sitting or standing on the ground in an underground cave beside an expanse of water.

"Thirteen?" asked the diver.

Divers had to navigate a series of sharp, narrow bends in near-darkness.

It was particularly hard for the rescuers to locate them because the cave system consists of dark, narrow bends that sometimes fit only one person, Ben Reymenants, one of the divers involved in the search, told Sky News. "It connects right to the oxygen tank", Supanat Titikarn, of the Ruam Katanyu Rescue Foundation, told Khaosod English.

All 13 are in a good condition after being assessed.

Experts had initially said that the schoolboys may have to survive in the Thamg Luang cave network until the monsoon seasons ends in August. There is current. The visibility can be zero at times.

But their rescue might take months, as they must either be taught to dive or wait for the water to recede.

Other teams are still scouring the mountainside in the hope of finding another way into - and out of - the cave.

Rescue personnel from the Australian Federal Police among the worldwide contingent involved in getting the boys out.

Tinnakorn Boonpiem, whose 12-year-old son Mongkol is among the 13, told Agence France-Presse she was "so glad" to hear they were safe.

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