Thailand cave rescue efforts for trapped teenage soccer team pick up

Divers cling to hope of finding lost Thai boys

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing after entering the cave on 23 June, prompting a desperate round-the-clock search beset by torrential downpours that blocked divers from going in.

A huge worldwide rescue effort has been under way, with teams slowly making their way through thick mud and high water to try to reach the group in a network that stretches 10km (6 miles) into a mountain.

Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the health of the boys and coach were checked using a field assessment in which red is critical condition, yellow is serious and green is stable.

Although they have had no shortage of water, one of the boys is heard to say: "Eat, eat, eat, tell them we are hungry".

A group of boys and a football coach found alive days after disappearing in Thai cave.

After the boys were found, the question moved to getting them out through the underwater cave system, as they are about 2.5 miles from the entrance.

Rescue teams gather in a deep cave where a group of boys went missing.

But experts say that as the boys can not swim, the safest solution would be to wait for the water to drain from the cave. Now they must find a way to extract them safely from their caves.

"I've been waiting for 10 days".

The army says they may need to have food sent in for at least the next four months.

Aisha Wiboonrungrueng, the mother of one of the boys, smiled and hugged family members.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked the worldwide experts and rescuers who helped locate the missing for their "tremendous efforts".

Divers have been hampered by muddy water rising up in sections of the cave and forcing rescuers to withdraw over safety concerns, according to the AP reports.

The South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team declined to comment on the rescue while the BCRC said it does not name the cavers it sends on operations to "allow them to get on with their hard task without distraction".

Medics successfully reached the team, and doctors have advised they be provided with several kinds of medicine to "prevent infection and other illnesses".

Interior minister Anupong Paochinda said rescuers needed to double down to reduce water levels in the cave.

Expert divers said they had made progress earlier on Monday after reaching a bend where a half-mile passageway splits into two directions.

Thailand has been a nation transfixed by the plight of the "Wild Boar" team, with social media lighting up in support of the group and the country's deeply spiritual reflexes stirred into action.

Australian police and military personnel were deployed Saturday to join other multinational teams, including USA military personnel and experts from a British cave exploration club.

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