Thailand cave rescue: What's the story?


"And I really feel big time for the families, they must be so excited to know their kids are alive".

"Many British cavers, including specialist cave divers, active on such expeditions, also serve as volunteers in cave rescue teams across Britain and Ireland and bring with them valuable knowledge of the layout of overseas cave systems", the council said.

Time may be against them given the region's incessant monsoon rains. Diving gear will be used.

"We called this mission impossible because it rained every day. but with our determination and equipment, we fought nature", said Mr Narongsak.

"Diving is not easy. For people who have never done it, it will be hard, unlike diving in a swimming pool, because the cave's features have small channels", Paojinda said.

Osatanakorn said Wednesday that the boys have been practicing wearing diving masks and breathing, but he doesn't believe they have tried any practice dives.

Huff hopes divers wait to rescue the team until after flood waters recede.

The boys' bikes found in one part of the cave. "Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorised as yellow condition".

Red denotes "critical" condition and yellow is classed as "serious".

It was probably those snacks that helped keep them alive after heavy rains flooded the Tham Luang cave, trapping them and their assistant coach underground for more than a week. A fellow boy tells him they already said this, and then the rescuer assures them that "Navy SEALs will come tomorrow, with food and doctors and everything".

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But the enormous physical challenge of swimming to safety may be too much for the weak and exhausted young boys - it took skilled Navy SEAL diver about six hours to navigate the narrow, mud-clogged underwater passages that led to the team's location. Anmar Mirza, the U.S. National Cave Rescue Commission coordinator, said "Trying to take non-divers through a cave is one of the most risky situations possible, even if the dives are relatively easy".

"It seems to make more sense to me to use professional divers to bring equipment and supplies back and forth until the water levels drop, than trying to force these very young children to go through a very challenging dive", he stated.

"They were trapped for nine days, and we had to teach a few of them to dive through a considerable length of passage to get them out", Stanton told the Coventry Telegraph newspaper in 2012.

A diver who is helping with the rescue efforts said they were in the cave to write their names on the wall for an initiation ceremony.

While the aim is to take the boys out of the cave, that depends on the ability of the rescuers to pump water out of the cave and also the health of the children and coach.

He says no attempt to extract the boys will be made Wednesday, though the weather will remain ideal for a rescue later in the week.

The base camp set up to service rescue workers - and the hundreds of journalists from around the world who have descended on the muddy site. "Then the boys will come out to see you guys", he told reporters Tuesday.

The current flooding situation means the boys would have to dive, which rescue experts have said could be very risky. "Thank you so much", he said to a British member of the crew. "Monday. You have been here - 10 days".

Though the opening did not connect to the area where the boys were discovered, now that the exact location is known, rescue efforts can focus on finding other, potentially hidden openings. "England, the United Kingdom", the diver answered.

"How many of you?" the diver can be heard as saying.