Thai boys healthy as rescue plans formed

  • Thai boys healthy as rescue plans formed

Thai boys healthy as rescue plans formed

Their 25-year-old coach, who accompanied the boys down the cave after football training on June 23, is not heard in the footage, published on the Thai Navy Facebook page.

The group are still trapped because the way back was flooded. Similar incidents have befallen other visitors at the local tourist spot.

A British caver has been hailed "a magician" after he used his unique knowledge of Thailand's underground tunnels to lead rescuers to the 12 stranded school boys.

Cade Courtley, a former US Navy SEAL and author of the "SEAL Survival Guide" told CNN that he "was part of a very special dive unit and this would be a challenging dive for me and my team. now you're going to ask 11 to 15-year-olds - some of whom can not swim - to make that same journey for the first time breathing air underwater?" Engineers there eventually drilled a vertical hole to reach their chamber, and all the miners were pulled to the surface one by one while a global audience watched on live television.

Rescuers have been reluctant to be drawn on when the evacuation might be attempted from the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai.

Thai authorities say the focus is now building up the boys' physical and mental strength after an ordeal that has left them emaciated.

Tanawut says the Thai Navy SEALs have not told the families when or if they will attempt the risky rescue, and he knows it may be safer for his son to stay in the cave until the water recedes - which could be weeks, or even several months.

In a press conference Wednesday morning, Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said it would be "difficult" to bring them out Wednesday. "Who is ready first can go first", he said. The scuba diving seems like the more pressing option, but none of the boys know how to swim.

"He is thinner" she said as she ran her finger over his image - a sign of the heartache the saga has brought to relatives of the trapped 13.

The Thai authorities took over and only turned back to Mr Unsworth when their efforts to extricate the youngsters failed.

"I am not anxious if the kids have to swim and dive", he told Reuters. He said he was confident that SEALs would eventually get the boys out. "Now we are teaching the children to swim and dive".

Volunteers have been descending on the cave site to join the multinational rescue team, which includes Australian police, USA military personnel and British cavers as well as more than 1,000 Thai army and navy personnel.

They are part of an global contingent that includes teams from the USA military, the United Kingdom, and China.

A video released by the Seals yesterday shows two rescuers on an elevated part of the cave beside the boys wrapped in emergency foil blankets.

The boys and their coach were trapped in the cave by a sudden influx of water.

"We were looking for a few days for a T junction, which we couldn't find, there's a lot of dead ends there, it's a big labyrinth, it's 9km long".

They could then be guided along a swim line, with multiple stops along the way to change their air tanks and be assessed by experts.

The newspaper reports it has been told that fast-water currents inside the cave have eased to a standstill and with monsoonal rains expected to resume by Friday, conditions for the rescue are as good as they are likely to get.

Kobchai Boonarana, deputy director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation department, said it was up to the rescue team in the cave to decide whether and when the boys would be strong enough to tackle the journey out.

As the entire nation is glued to the media coverage of the rescue mission, Thai authorities insist they will not compromise on the safety of the trapped group.

"The children that are prepared and [if it's] appropriate, we will bring them out first", he said.

Outside the cave the mother of one of the boys teared-up as she watched the clip on a television screen, saying she was "glad" for a glimpse of her son.