Missing 13 found safe in Thai cave but rescue 'not over'

Missing 13 found safe in Thai cave but rescue 'not over'

Missing 13 found safe in Thai cave but rescue 'not over'

For reasons which will hopefully be explained in great detail at some point, they chose to explore the Tham Luang cave complex, which was located nearby on the border with Myanmar. Officials believe the team became trapped when monsoon rains flooded passages and blocked their path back to the entrance of the cave where authorities found their bicycles. It made it far more hard for rescue parties entering the cave to reach, as divers had difficulty contorting themselves around small turns and through narrow passageways in the flooding caves as it continued to rain.

"They are all safe", Narongsak announced around 10:40 p.m.to stunned journalists and volunteers on site.

Anmar Mirza, a leading American cave rescue expert, told the Associated Press that many risks remain for the rescuers and the group.

Rescuers located the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach alive deep inside the partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late Monday.

They also reported how divers from the Thai Navy SEALs have been involved in locating the trapped team-mates.

The moment a British rescuer reached the 12 boys who have been trapped in a Thai cave for 10 days has been captured on video.

A team of more than 30 USA military personnel from their Pacific Command, including pararescue and survival specialists, arrive at the site late Wednesday.

Aside from belongings left at the mouth of the cave and handprints on cave walls, there has been no trace of them found since.

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Throughout last week, specialists and rescue teams worked to save the group, including experts from China and Australia.

The boys were reached after a huge worldwide rescue effort, with the underground cave network having been partially flooded by monsoon rains.

Family members and relatives pray at the entrance of Tham Luang cave while rescue personnel conduct operations to find the missing members of the children's football team along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai province on June 26, 2018.

Rescuers said they believed the boys could stay alive by drinking fresh water in the cave, either dripping in through rocks or rushing in through the entrance. Other options included teaching the group to use diving gear to navigate the flooded cave.

"I confirm they are all safe", Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of the local region Chiang Rai, told reporters on Monday night.

British cave-divers John Volanthen walks out from Tham Luang Nang Non cave in full kit without any response to reporter's questions on June 28, 2018 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

"Supplying them on site may face challenges depending on how hard the dives are", Mr Mirza, co-ordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission.

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