Meet the Thai Soccer Players Trapped in a Cave

The father of a missing footballer thanks soldiers near Tham Luang cave following news all members of the children's football team and their coach were alive. —AFP

In the most recent video, a navy SEAL is shown treating minor cuts on the feet and legs of the boys with antibiotic ointment.

The last images the world saw of the boys was on Wednesday in a video where they introduced themselves one-by-one, saying "I am healthy".

Thai boys smile as a medic treats scratches on one of the children trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand.

The boys, ages 11-16 and members of the Wild Boars soccer team, ventured into Tham Luang Cave on June 23 with their 25-year-old coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, after a soccer game.

Instead, crews will focus on pumping out water from flooded passageways leading to the Nern Nom Sao slope where the boys and their coach were found inside.

Thai Navy Seal commander Rear Admiral Arpakorn Yookongkaew said there's no rush to bring them out as they are safe where they are, adding it would be extremely risky to have them dive through the dark, muddy water.

Some appeared to be wearing a change of clothes since they were found late on Monday and most were wrapped in foil warming blankets. They seem to be in good spirits, occasionally laughing.

Equipped with diving gears, flashlights, and strong will to save the boys, the Thai Navy SEALs ventured deeply into the 6-miles long cave complex with floodwater that reaches up to their chins, as seen in several pictures they posted.

The team, which had gone to explore the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Chiang Rai province, got trapped inside after heavy rains flooded its entrance.

Thai authorities are working with Navy SEALs to run an internet line into a flooded cave so that communications can be established between the group and their families.

Kian Kamluang, whose 16-year-old son, Pornchai, is in the cave, said she had thought he had a 50 per cent chance of being found.

Families of the teenage soccer players have expressed their joy over the discovery of the boys. "Who is ready first can go first", he said.

He returned Wednesday to offer prayers for their safe rescue, and as measure of the respect in which he was held, was allowed access to the cave, which is generally off-limits to outsiders.

The global rescue team prepares to enter the cave where a young football team and their coach are trapped by flood waters Thursday, July 5, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand.

As none of the boys can swim or dive, they are receiving basic swimming and diving lessons in the hopes they can be led from the cave system.

"We have to be 100 percent confident that there is no risk to the boys before we evacuate", Narongsak Osottanakorn, Chiang Rai provincial governor, told reporters on Wednesday.

Australian Defence Force and Australian Federal Police personnel are among those providing advice, but have been tight-lipped about whether to attempt an extraction or wait - possibly until the end of the rainy season around October.

Another video has helped boost morale as its messenger knows better than most what the boys and their coach are going through. But authorities said it remained unclear how long the boys would have to remain inside.

He said: "They may have some belief that their technique is effective for ground water drainage, but anything that is not in the plan must be discussed with us first". They tried doing the same on Tuesday, however, the equipment was damaged by water.

But he warned "the problem is beyond the T-junction, where the water level is quite high".

Authorities have been able to drain some of the water from the cave where a Thai soccer team has been trapped for 12 days, which may allow the team to avoid using diving equipment and nearly walk out.

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