Thai boys, coach not well enough for rescue mission from cave

Thai boys, coach not well enough for rescue mission from cave

Thai boys, coach not well enough for rescue mission from cave

"Officials would teach them how to move, how to dive, how to move their body under those circumstances".

The concern is that the rainy season has only just begun, so water levels in the Tham Luang cave will nearly certainly continue to rise.

Lit by torches and with divers sitting alongside, they each give their name and the traditional "wai" greeting, putting their palms together. (This group has been) in the cave, without light and without food for a while.

Right now, it is taking the Navy SEALs up to 11 hours round-trip to provide the boys with supplies such as food and medicine. At least two Navy SEAL divers will remain with the group at all times for the duration of their stay in the cave. "Now we are teaching the children to swim and dive", he said.

A report in The Guardian says the boys are being trained to breathe through scuba masks.

But diving experts have warned that the mission is extremely unsafe as the boys can't swim and have never used scuba gear, and the cave's narrow passageways pose a significant challenge for even the best cave divers.

"Believing they'll be rescued is helping them", she said of the soccer players.

But rescuers are also considering other options including keeping the 13 inside the Tham Luang cave until the flood waters recede, at the end of the rainy season in about four months.

Some of the route involves squeezing through tight gaps underwater.

The British Cave Rescue Council, which has members taking part in the operation, said in a statement that "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".

As the entire nation is glued to the media coverage of the rescue mission, Thai authorities insist they will not compromise on the safety of the trapped group.

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.

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Unknown factors include the possibility of risky animals like snakes in the cave or of contamination from bat droppings.

The prospect of the stranded "Wild Boar" team diving out is fraught with risk.

They are also cooperating with Thai Navy colleagues and the wider worldwide dive teams to stock dive tanks and other equipment throughout the route to aid the eventual evacuation of the isolated cavern.

Authorities are continuing to pump water from the system and officials said on Wednesday they are managing to stop any more water entering the chamber where the boys are trapped. Authorities have not yet been able to connect a phone line, and a round trip through the winding, waterlogged tunnels between the boys and a rudimentary cave command post that now has a phone takes more than six hours.

Outside the cave, medics are staging rehearsals in case the group can be brought out soon. Other options are also being explored, including scouring the mountainside for other ways into the cave.

How did the group get trapped?

Despite being trapped inside the cave for almost two weeks without any food, the teenagers could still be seen smiling in videos released by Thai Navy SEAL.

Soldiers are seen near the Tham Luang cave complex, where members of an under-16 football team and their coach are trapped, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on Wednesday.

Rescuers have been reluctant to be drawn on when the evacuation might be attempted from the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai.

"The water is strong and the space is narrow".

They were huddled on a rock shelf about 4km (2.5 miles) from the mouth of the cave.

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