3 ways rescuers could free youth soccer team from Thailand cave

3 ways rescuers could free youth soccer team from Thailand cave

3 ways rescuers could free youth soccer team from Thailand cave

The 12 boys and their coach are seen sitting with Thai Navy SEALs in the dark cave.

The last images the world saw of the boys was on Wednesday in a video where they introduced themselves one-by-one, saying "I am healthy".

The boys appear to be in good spirits in a new video released on the Facebook page of Thai Navy SEAL.

Tourists will soon be able to visit the Thai cave that a group of young soccer players and their coach have been stranded in for over 10 days.

Robert Charles Harper was one third of the British cave diving team who found the twelve teenagers and their coach, who had been trapped in a Thai cave in pitch darkness without food or water for nine days by monsoon rains.

The teammates, who were trapped inside when heavy rains flooded the cave, were found by rescue divers Monday night during a desperate search that drew assistance from experts around the globe.

While rescuers are trying to pump enough water out of the cave to allow the boys to simply walk out, Thai Navy SEALs are also teaching them how to scuba dive.

Maxtech Networks told The Times of Israel Thursday that its system is providing a voice, data, and video link to the boys who have been stuck in the cave for almost two weeks, and were only located earlier this week.

Equipped with diving gears, flashlights, and strong will to save the boys, the Thai Navy SEALs ventured deeply into the 6-miles long cave complex with floodwater that reaches up to their chins, as seen in several pictures they posted.

Seeing the boys has boosted the mood of relatives, and officials are working to install an internet cable to the cave so that parents can talk to their children.

Kian Kamluang, whose 16-year-old son, Pornchai, is in the cave, said she had thought he had a 50 per cent chance of being found.

Seal commander Rear Admiral Arpakorn Yookongkaew said there was no rush to bring the group out of the cave, since they are safe where they are.

Some of the boys do not know how to swim and flooding in the caves means the boys would likely have to dive to be able to escape, which rescue experts say could be extremely unsafe, especially for people with no experience with scuba gear.

More rain is forecast this weekend, putting pressure on rescuers to formulate a plan to extract the boys before flood waters rise any higher.

Chiang Rai province Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn has said it is too unsafe for the Thai soccer team to be extracted from the cave for now, while also confirming fresh oxygen will be pumped in.

From the T-junction to the entrance of the cave water levels are now "manageable", said Chiang Rai Governor Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn.

Authorities tried to do the same Tuesday, but the equipment was damaged by the water.

A rescue official says they're now focusing on draining the third chamber to waist height; of the remaining chambers, which measure about 1.5 miles, a diver at the scene speculates about half would be walkable, with the water reaching a maximum depth of about 20 feet. "Extracting the children takes a lot of people", the deputy prime minister told reporters.

"If there are risks, then we will not be extracting them".

Per the Associated Press, significant rain is expected Saturday, which has created urgency to get them out as quickly as possible.

A navy source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the ABC three factors are driving the urgency - the water level inside the cave, the amount of oxygen available, and the health of the boys and their coach. And this stretcher, once in the water, weighs nothing.

But Narongsak said rescue teams are still looking for other ways to rescue the boys, such as locating alternative routes into the cave's network of narrow passageways.

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