Thai boys found, still in danger

Luang Rescue Operation Center Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand Monday

Luang Rescue Operation Center Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand Monday

Everyone was found alive and well but the rescue mission is far from over.

In October 2010, the volunteers were called to France, where they tried to find a diver who didn't re-emerge after exploring a submerged cave more than a kilometer long.

It would be a risky attempt, since none of the boys know how to swim.

A massive global rescue effort has been under way since, with rescue teams battling through thick mud and high water to try to reach the group in the cave network that stretches 10 km (6 miles) into a mountain. "If the cave system (floods) it would make access impossible to the kids". However, the water can not be pumped fast enough.

However, the Tham Luang Nang Non cave has proved hard for even the rescue divers to navigate.

Thai navy SEAL commander Rear Adm. Arpakorn Yookongkaew said a team of seven SEALs, including medics, are with the boys and looking after them.

"Back here in the United Kingdom, there is an assessment of electronic equipment that may be suitable to pin-point the underground location of the boys and coach with a greater degree of accuracy than the published surveys", the Council said in a statement released on Monday. They were found in a dry section of the Tham Luang cave complex at least two and a half miles from the entrance. Waters in the cave must recede to safe levels before the boys can be safely extracted, experts say.

Narongsak said medical teams had been sent inside the cave and it would take them around four hours to assess the group's health and how fit they are before coming up with a strategy to get them out.

"Any boys who are ready can come out first", via "chamber three" a cavern being used to as a base to store food, oxygen tanks and diving gear as well as plan the complex logistics of how to move 13 weak and inexperienced divers out of a partially-submerged cave. "We don't have to rush".


The team had been missing since June 23, when they did not return to their homes from practice.

Help has come from across the globe for the rescue effort.

One of the rescue options being considered is to teach the youngsters how to dive. Thailand's monsoon season has just begun, and with every storm that hits Chiang Rai, the water inside the cave continues to rise.

One of the boys, noticing the camera and hearing words they don't immediately understand, says in Thai, "Oh, they want to take a picture; tell him we're hungry". "Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorized as yellow condition". While diving may be the group's best hope for escape, it's still a very unsafe option.

The boys were discovered at about 10:00pm (1500 GMT) on Monday by British divers some 400 metres (1,300 feet) from where they were believed to be stranded several kilometres inside the cave.

Diving would be the fastest, but arguably most risky, extraction method. Navigating this hard terrain, which is also pitch black and may involve struggling against fast-flowing, muddy water in some areas, will be hard.

"When you consider it there were lots of challenges when it comes to the elements, when it comes to the elements, when it comes to different courses of actions", Tait told reporters.

Thai Navy SEAL special forces have posted a video to Facebook that shows the moment the boys were found.

The boys were found nine days after they entered the caves in Chiang Rai province following a football training session and became trapped by rising waters caused by heavy rainfall.

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