Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Rescue Operation To Save Boys Trapped In Cave Begins

Rescue Operation To Save Boys Trapped In Cave Begins

Thai divers gather before they enter to the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys and their football coach are trapped, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 6, 2018.

Divers on Sunday launched an operation to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave complex in northern Thailand.

"Today is the D-Day for the rescuers", said Narongsak Osottanakorn, the outgoing governor of Chiang Rai province.

Narongsak said the first boy was expected to be brought out of the cave by around 9:00 pm (1400 GMT) after navigating the planned six-hour journey.

The 12 boys and their coach were exploring the cave when they became trapped by flood waters on 23 June.

"The conditions that the cave divers and rescue teams are facing in Thailand are nearly impossibly extreme, with zero visibility, exceptionally strong flow and a number of restrictions and sumps to negotiate", Mr Wolf said in a statement.

Thai officials are stressing that they may have to act very soon - meaning the next couple of days - if weather forecasts are correct because of the possibility that access to the cave could soon close again due to flooding from seasonal monsoon rains.

Authorities in Thailand say that they will not immediately attempt an underwater evacuation of 12 schoolboys who have been trapped in a cave for nearly two weeks because they have not learned adequate diving skills in the few days since searchers reached the area where they are sheltering. "Otherwise we will lose the opportunity".

In one of the team's letters, posted to the Thai navy SEALs' Facebook page, a boy expressed his gratitude. Ropes have been installed to help guide the boys through the darkness.

Fears of declining oxygen in the cave where the boys and their coach had holed up were eased when rescuers fed an air pipe into the area, accompanied by medics and expert divers.

The initial jubilation around the boys' discovery by a team of British divers on Monday has faded as the reality of the challenge of their extraction has set in. "Also, air bells may develop along the way to create a series of two or more shorter dives instead of one long dive", Veni said, adding that "lower water levels means the force of the water is less".

The entrepreneur behind the Tesla automobile and the SpaceX rocket company also owns Boring Co., which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems and has advanced ground-penetrating radar.

The boys sounded calm and reassuring in handwritten notes to their families that were made public Saturday.

"Don't worry dad and mum", said a note from one of the boys who gave his nickname as "Bew".

"On behalf of the global football community, I would like to join you in expressing my deepest sympathies and support to the families of the players and coach, as well as my solidarity with the people of Thailand at this time of great concern".

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old soccer coach who brought the boys into the cave issued a letter apologizing to their parents.

"To the parents of all the kids, right now the kids are all fine".

"And I promise I will take care of the kids as best as I can".

Like this: