Trapped Thai Soccer Team Sends a Message From the Cave

Junior soccer team found alive in Thai cave after nine days
Young boys, coach found deep in Thai cave
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04 July, 2018

"But time is not on their side", he noted, because of the heavy rain forecast.

Experts had initially said that the schoolboys may have to survive in the Thamg Luang cave network until the monsoon seasons ends in August. "If the water rises, the task will be hard". We are now planning how to send (a) nurse and doctor inside the cave to check their health and movement. But the floodwaters cut off their path of escape. None of the boys can swim, or dive. Officials are considering giving all 13 of them a crash course in cave diving so that they can swim through flooded passages.

Diver John Volanthen arrived last week at Tham Luang Nang Non.British caver Vern Unsworth emerged from Tham Luang complex on Tuesday.

There is no simple way to save the trapped team. We have to wait for the water level to decline. "Although water levels have dropped, the diving conditions remain hard and any attempt to dive the boys and their coach out will not be taken lightly because there are significant technical challenges and risks to consider". To prepare for any type of diving rescue, the boys will have to be assessed for hydration, adequate fuel supply, adequate food so that their glucose level is adequate, and will also have to have practice dives as well.

"They are all safe but the mission is not completed", Narongsak Osottanakorn, Chiang Rai governor, explained to the media.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year old coach, went missing on June 23.

The Thai military are sending food and provisions through to the trapped team while they contemplate what to do next. Engineers there eventually drilled a vertical hole to reach their chamber, and all the miners were pulled to the surface one by one while a global audience watched on live television.

A top Thai official said Tuesday that heavy rains forecast for the coming days could worsen floods in the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were located after an exhaustive search, and could force authorities to speed up their extraction by having them dive their way out.

Rescuers say the boys may have to effectively scuba dive out.

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After an initial exchange in which a rescuer ascertains that all 13 are present, one of the boys asks what day it is, and a rescuer replies: "Monday. Brilliant", a member of the rescue team, speaking in English, said to the boys. "If something goes wrong 10 kilometers down an underwater tunnel, you usually have until your air runs out to find a solution or make your peace". "You are very strong", the diver responded.

A fellow boy tells him they already said this, and then the rescuer assures them that "Navy SEALs will come tomorrow, with food and doctors and everything".

The British divers described their three-hour round-trip into the cave as challenging because of the murkiness of the water.

Ben Reymenants, a Belgian cave diver who is part of the worldwide team told NBC News' TODAY that he was "very surprised obviously that they are all alive and actually mentally also healthy".

In Boston, members of the Thai community were riveted by the ordeal.

They were specifically called upon by the Thai authorities to join the vast search due to their expertise. A pair of British divers assisting the Thai SEALs found them some 1,300 feet further into the complex after discovering Pattaya was also flooded.

"Compared to what Rick and John are normally doing, this is extremely easy diving, the only complication was the flow of the water", he said, referring to the current.

Volanthen, an IT consultant in his 40s, told the Sunday Times in 2013 that the secret to cave diving was keeping a cool head.

'Panic and adrenaline are great in certain situations but not in cave-diving.


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