Thai cave rescue: Divers widening passage in search for boys

Missing Thai Soccer Team Miraculously Found Alive After Nine Days Lost In Cave

Missing Thai Soccer Team Miraculously Found Alive After Nine Days Lost In Cave

"So they went 400 metres further where we found the 13. who were safe", Narongsak told the cheering group of reporters.

Global experts from the United States, Australia, China and Britain have assisted in the search-and-rescue efforts.

The next step would be to check on the team members' health condition, Narongsak told reporters.

The council said many of caves have been explored by British cavers and divers, "bringing with them valuable knowledge of the layout of overseas cave systems".

Update: The spelling of the Chiang Rai Governor's name has been updated to reflect the latest information from the province's Public Relations Department.

"You have been here ten days", a British rescuer responds.

Search teams from China, Japan, Australia and England had also traveled to the area to assist in the rescue operations.

Video released by the Thai navy showed the boys in their football kits sitting on a dry area inside the cave above the water as a spotlight, apparently from a rescuer, illuminated their faces.

'We found them safe.

Rescue divers had been working desperately for nine days to save the soccer players - who range in age from 11 to 16 - and their 25-year-old coach. Reymenants said the team was found in the dark and wet underground web of tunnels in the jungle of northern Thailand about a day after rescuers spotted fresh writing on a wall of one of the passageways.

Thai provincial governor Narongsak Osatanakorn says all 12 boys and their coach are alive and are in the process of being rescued however, they were not out of peril yet.

He described taking non-divers through a cave as "one of the most unsafe situations possible, even if the dives are relatively easy". Other options included teaching the group to use diving gear to navigate the flooded cave.

The mothers and families of the missing boys have held prayer sessions at the entrance to the cave, where there is a shrine with a statue of the Buddha. That also begets the question: "If the dives are hard then supply will be hard, but the risk of trying to dive them out is also exponentially greater".

Rising water levels forced them to suspend exploration several times. While some attempt to pump water out of the caves, divert nearby ground water or find an alternate opening that can give them access to the team.

Cochrane said thousands of soldiers have been scouring the mountain looking for ventilation shafts that could provide a back door to the cave.

Experts in cave rescues from around the world continued to gather at the site.

The Australian team had joined forces with 11 Chinese rescue experts, up to 32 USA forces personnel, three British divers and a British cave expert as well as rescue teams from Myanmar and Laos.

Local officials start to look for the boys after they are believed to have become trapped by heavy rains that cut them off from the main entrance. "So I would think that they're not really fit to move for maybe 12 hours or so really".

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