Thai boys trapped in cave located, likely to remain stuck for months

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 08:37:15



They will have to learn to dive or wait months for flooding to recede to come out of cave To be supplied with food that could last at least four months


A THAI soccer team of 12 boys and their coach who went missing more than a week back have been found alive. However, it may take months for them to come out, the country’s Army said on Tuesday.
They will have to learn to dive or wait months for flooding to recede. The rescue workers -- Thai Navy SEALs -- were battling with rising water and were currently bringing in food and medical supplies, the BBC reported.

The children would be supplied with food that could last at least four months, the Thai military said.The Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand is regularly flooded during the rainy season which lasts until September or October.

If the children were to be brought out before then, they would have to learn basic diving skills to safely get through the dangerous corridors of muddy, zero-visibility waters, the BBC reported.
Attempts to pump the water levels lower have so far not been successful. The 13 have been missing for nine days before they were found by divers on Monday.

Families of the missing group were ecstatic at news of the rescue. The search for the group had gripped the nation as it was unclear where they were or whether they even were still alive after their belongings were found outside the cave on June 23.

The rescue operation attracted world wide attention with experts from various countries pitching in.Much-needed food and medical supplies -- including high-calorie gels and paracetamol -- reached them as rescuers prepared for a prolonged extraction operation.

The Thai military said it is providing months’ worth of food and diving lessons to the boys to help them out of the waterlogged Tham Luang network in the country’s monsoon-drenched north. “(We will) prepare to send additional food to be sustained for at least four months and train all 13 to dive while continuing to drain the water,” Navy Captain Anand Surawan said.

The boys were discovered at about 10:00 pm on Sunday by British divers some 400 metres from where they were believed to be stranded several kilometres inside the cave. In the video, posted on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page, one of the boys asks the rescuers to “go outside”.