Young Thai soccer team trapped in cave sends positive video message

Hope Soto
July 4, 2018

Thailand's prime minister has thanked worldwide experts and rescuers who helped find the 12 boys and their soccer coach who had been missing in a cave for more than a week.

The clip shows a British team of rescue workers locating the twelve missing boys and their coach.

More heavy rain could see water levels rise and threaten the air pocket where the group has taken refuge. The team disappeared in a cave June 23 when their coach took them there after soccer practice.

The world's attention has been riveted to their story, which echoes the tale of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days almost half a mile below the surface in 2010.

His team members "have given the boys food, starting from easily digested and high-powered food with enough minerals", he said at a news conferece. Footage shows children in red and blue tops perched on a rocky slope inside the chamber.

Rescuers are left wondering how to get them out of the cave?

While efforts to pump out floodwaters are continuing, it's clear that some areas of the sprawling cavern can not be drained, said Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, a member of Thailand's ruling military junta. Right now, huge water pumps are working on draining water out of the cave, but any rainfall can hinder the efforts of the pumps and put the rescue in jeopardy.

Deputy Chiang Rai governor Passakorn Boonyalak replaced outgoing governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn in supervising the operation Tuesday. Some members of the group asked what day it was and told the rescuers they were hungry.

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.

The video lasting about a minute was recorded sometime on Tuesday and was posted on the navy Seal Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon (NZ time).

They ask how long they have been underground and whether they can leave now.

"It's about as complicated as it gets", Dally said.

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One boy replies: "Oh". The search turned tense as time went on and concern grew about whether the group would be found alive.

A boys says thank you to those on the outside.

Hundreds of rescuers gather outside the cave Tuesday in Chiang Rai to help load equipment and aid efforts to rescue the 12 boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach.

He had earlier warned the boys could be cut off if the expected rains are severe.

"We worked so hard to find them and we will not lose them", he said. It was most likely dry when they entered, but rushing waters later clogged the way back with mud and debris.

A football coach and 12 young players remain trapped in the Thamg Luang cave network in the country's north as experts desperately try to come up with a plan to rescue them.

He hasn't provided any explanation as to where one would obtain a tunnel like this, or how it could possibly navigate the aforementioned tight turns and narrow passageways. He said the boys were in relatively good condition. That food would last the team until October, which is when the monsoon season officially ends.

Experts have cautioned that taking inexperienced divers through the unsafe corridors of muddy, zero-visibility waters would be very risky and none of the trapped boys can swim.

Diver Ben Reymenants, who is assisting with the rescue mission, told the BBC that two Thai navy doctors had volunteered to stay with the boys for "up to four months" until the water receded.

Explorers have spent days scouring the mountaintop for possible alternative openings.

"I want to hug my son... usually our family sleep in the same bed together".

"I'm so happy I can't put it into words", another relative of one of the group told reporters as tears of joy streamed down his cheeks.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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