Twelve Thai boys and their football coach went missing for nine days and were found trapped in a large cave, half a mile under the ocean.
Two civilian British divers made first contact with the boys but they still remain trapped within 2.5 miles of the flooded cave between them and the entrance. However, video footage confirmed that they are in good shape on safe ground above the floodwater.
Rescue workers both local and international made several attempts to free the boys but monsoon rains have continued to interrupt the process, killing one of the rescuers, a former Thai seal. He passed out during an overnight mission and efforts to resuscitate him failed.
“We can no longer wait for all conditions (to be ready) because the circumstance is pressuring us. We originally thought the boys can stay safe inside the cave for quite some time but circumstances have changed. We have limited amount of time,” said Thai SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew at a press conference.
Billionaire Elon Musk has also offered to help and is believed to be in contact with Thai officials.
“Boring Co has advanced ground penetrating radar & is pretty good at digging holes. Don’t know if the pump rate is limited by electric power or pumps are too small. If so, could dropship fully charged Powerpacks and pumps,” he tweeted.
How did the boys get in the cave?
Twelve boys between the age of 11-16 and their 25-year-old coach decided to explore Tham Luang Nang Non after practices. They’ve been in the cave before but this time, they fancied going further to carve their name on the stone wall.
A few minutes later, the rising water due to heavy rains trapped them inside but they somehow fled to safe ground.
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Posted by Thai NavySEAL on Monday, July 2, 2018
A number of navy seals have traveled back and forth supplying food and oxygen to keep the boys in good shape. However, more rain is on the forecast and the situation is expected to get worse.
The boys might have to dive to safety and that option is also being considered but as last resort.
“The water is very strong and space is narrow. Extracting the children takes a lot of people. Now we are teaching the children to swim and dive,” said the Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.
It had taken 3 hours for the Navy Seals to reach the boys, 4kms away from the cave opening.
As rescue efforts continue day and night, football players including Ronaldo, Jon Stones, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged the boys to stay strong.
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