Thai mothers see footage of their sons trapped underground for 12 days

Aaron Brown
July 4, 2018

Lawyer Ananchai Chaiyadech said it's likely the coach will escape charges as it appeared he didn't have intent to put the boys in danger as it hadn't started raining when he led them inside. 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".

Divers found the group about 300-400 metres (yards) past a section of the cave on higher ground that was thought to be where they might have taken shelter.

"This requires them do be psychologically able to cope with being underwater. and the dives being not too long or hard", Alan Warild, an expert from the NSW Cave Rescue Squad in Australia, told AFP. "Diving gear will be used", said Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, according to the Bangkok Post.

By late on Tuesday, about 120 million liters of water had been pumped out, or about 1.6 million every hour.

"Two of the Navy SEALs are medical practitioners with expertise in this task, while there will be constant food and medicine provided to the trapped footballers and a communication line to the outside world set up", Arpakorn said.

The governor of Chiang Rai, Narongsak Osoththanakorn, said that "no risk" would be taken in rescuing the boys. Many, many people. We're the first.

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.

Experts in cave diving say a plan floated to extract 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in Thailand by teaching them on the fly to scuba dive through treacherous floodwaters may not be the best option.

The boys were found late Monday night during a desperate search that drew worldwide help and captivated the nation.

In this July 3, 2018, image taken from video provided by the Royal Thai Navy Facebook Page, a Thai boy smiles as Thai Navy SEAL medic help injured children inside a cave in Mae Sai, northern Thailand.

"Not today", one of the divers responds, trying to reassure the boy. After more than a week without food, they have lost energy and muscle.

One boy replies: "Oh".

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Yoo-kongkaew said that he was more concerned with getting the boys out safely than quickly.

Mr Reymenants said that the boys were stable and mentally fit, but weak due to a lack of food. Heavy rains sent a significant amount a water into the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, trapping them.

The authorities were keen to get the boys out as soon as possible, but not if it was unsafe.

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

The group's bikes were found abandoned near the cave's entrance.

Rescue workers carry oxygen tanks to Tham Luang cave.

The 12 boys - aged between 11 and 16 - and their coach are part of a football team called Moo Pa, which means Wild Boar.

The cave system is at least four miles long and waters can reach 5 metres (16 feet) during the rainy season, from June through October, Police Col. Kam Saardluan told the AP. "The visibility in the water wouldn't have been very good".

Narongsak said it is unlikely a rescue attempt to get the boys out of the cave will happen Wednesday, as "it has to be 100 percent safe".

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

They still have to be extracted from the caves, and are reportedly "too week to move".

Drilling into the chamber and airlifting the group out is another option, but this sort of extraction is thought to be a risky one.

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