Thai boys healthy as rescue plans formed

Posted July 05, 2018

Thailand's navy has released a new video of the Thai youth football team that was found alive in a cave nine days after they went missing, as rescuers braced for a long and hard evacuation of the 12 boys and their coach.

His has since dedicated himself to the football team and "loves those boys very much", his aunt told the newspaper. The camera pans to the other boys, who flash smiles. "You have been here 10 days".

Graham says she had to stave off panic to keep water levels steady in the one-inch pocket of air that allowed her and her team to swim out of the cave after being trapped for four days due to torrential flooding.

Christian Stenner of the Alberta/B.C. Cave Rescue Network, told CBC News. They were found on Monday (July 2), and though authorities initially attempted to pump water out of the caves, it now seems clear that the boys will have to dive out, or risk spending months there until the waters subside naturally, CNN reported.

Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said Wednesday that "all 13 may not come out at the same time".

Several religious figures have also shown up, the most popular being a famous Buddhist monk, Kruba Boonchum, who when he first visited the scene had predicted that the boys would be found this week.

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The boys, aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared after they went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Chiang Rai province after a football game on June 23.

This is possibly the safest option. The Thai soccer teammates stranded more than a week in the partly flooded cave said they were healthy on a video released Wednesday, as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them.

A 24/7 draining operation is now in place, but Thai authorities are still understood to be weighing up the best method of extracting the boys. The navy said medics will be sent to help and improve conditions in the cave.

It's been more than a week since 12 boys and their soccer coach got trapped inside a flooded cave. The government says there are some areas of the cave that can not be drained.

Rescuers are closely watching the forecast, which calls for more rain over the weekend.

"Thank you all Thais, thank you all foreigners, everybody is a hero and everybody helped each other", Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters.

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He said he didn't want to give an estimate on when they could be brought out and be reunited with their families. Authorities said those efforts will continue.

"They left their backpacks and their shoes before wading in there, trying to go to the end of the tunnel like an initiation for local young boys", he said. The British Cave Rescue Council said the boys are "located in a relatively small space and this would make any potential drilling attempt as a means of rescue very hard". At the rescue site near the cave complex, vehicles ranging from SUVs to motorcycles zigzag in and out along the muddy terrain, as vendors set up noodle stalls and massage booths for the volunteers.

Cave diving is one of the more unsafe and technical forms of scuba diving, with 368 fatalities reported between 1969 and 2007, according to the Cave Divers Association of Australia.

A pair of expert cave divers from Britain found the group about 300-400 metres past a section of the cave on higher ground that was thought to be where they might have taken shelter.

New footage has emerged of the Thai boys trapped in a cave in Thailand.

And by all accounts, the dives into the cave have been a challenge even for experts in caving and diving, who needed days to reach the boys.

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