Rescuers In Thailand Still Blocked From Reaching Boys Trapped In Cave

Rescuers walk out of the entrance to a cave complex where 12 soccer team members and their coach went missing in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand Saturday

Rescuers walk out of the entrance to a cave complex where 12 soccer team members and their coach went missing in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand Saturday

Students pray in Mae Sai Prasitsart school as an ongoing search for members of an under-16 soccer team and their coach who went missing in a flooded cave continues, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Now that rescuers have found the boys alive and in good condition, they are giving them high protein liquid food and antibiotics.

His office said the PM "wishes to thank the tremendous efforts of all worldwide units that have come to assist the Thai authorities in rescuing the youth football team that was stuck in the caves in Chiang Rai".

They ask how long they have been underground and whether they can leave now. The cave floods during Thailand's rainy season and even elite Thai navy SEAL divers were finding it hard to move through the muddy waters, currents and tight passageways.

The Prime Minister's Office says Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha "wishes to thank the tremendous efforts of all global units that have come to assist the Thai authorities in rescuing the youth football team that was stuck in the caves in Chiang Rai".

Still, rescuers believe the boys have a chance of surviving, and could have access to fresh water inside the cave, and medical teams were practicing drills to treat survivors, and airlift them from a make-shift helipad. "10 days. You are very strong". "They have not yet reached 'the (Pattaya) beach, '" Narongsak said.

Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said late Monday that the 13 were being rescued.

As part of the rescue effort, search parties have been lowered down shafts on the mountainside, but it was unclear what progress they had made, or exactly where they were in relation to the "Pattaya Beach" chamber.

Reports indicated that a team of rescuers used water pumps to reduce the water level inside the cave, allowing divers to place air tanks and guide ropes to search for the trapped team of boys, whose ages range from 11 to 16.

Other efforts have focused on finding shafts on the mountainside that might serve as a back door to the blocked-off areas where the missing may be sheltering.

"We will take care of them until they can move", Narongsak told reporters, who applauded at the news, according to Agency France-Presse. In order to get them out ahead of the bad weather forecast for later in the week, they might need to use diving gear while being guided by professional divers, he said.

If diving proves impossible, there is an outside chance they can be drilled out or wait for waters to recede and walk out on foot.

The rescue efforts at the Thaum Luang Nang Non cave have so far involved global assistance from the "US, China, Australia and the United Kingdom", according to Olarn and Said-Moorhouse. Engineers have been pumping water out of the cave, but more precipitation is expected as the rainy season hits the area. "The Royal Thai Government and the Thai people are grateful for this support and cooperation, and we all wish the team a safe and speedy recovery". "As long as the kids know we know where they're at, they have food, a way to keep warm, water or filtration systems and light, it would really be the safest to wait it out", he suggested.

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