Rescuers Should Learn From British Cave Team

Rescuers Should Learn From British Cave Team

Rescuers Should Learn From British Cave Team

He said the primary decision is whether to try to evacuate the boys and their coach or to supply them in place.

Rescuers now have to decide how best to get the group out in their weakened condition.

There is now a team of seven Thai Navy Seals with the group on the small mud shelf where they found refuge from rising waters, including a doctor and a nurse, according to the Seals commander, Rear Admiral Arpakorn Yookongkaew. Thai officials say no expense will be spared to get the boys to safety. "Brilliant", a member of the rescue team, speaking in English, tells the boys. "We must bring the kids out before then", said Anupong Paojinda, the interior minister, according to Bang kok Post.

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. "We are the first", the rescuers reply.

The governor said that requests had been made to build "infrastructure" in the cave leading to the pocket where the teenagers and their coach are located.

The video of that first contact was posted on Facebook by Thai navy special forces.

"We will prepare to send additional food to be sustained for at least four months and train all 13 to dive while continuing to drain the water", Thai navy Capt. Anand Surawan said Tuesday.

BBC South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head, who is at the scene, said the Thai military had a few doctors with the diving skills required to reach them. It was pure speculation that they could be there in one of these two rooms. The search turned tense as time went on and concern grew about whether the group would be found alive. They were discovered after they went missing more than a week ago.

Mr Whitehouse, who has spoken briefly to the team that also included a third Briton, Mr Robert Harper, as well as other global and Thai experts, described the difficulties of the search. "Then the boys will come out to see you guys", Aphakorn said. They entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system on Saturday, June 23 but became stranded in the dark tunnels by a sudden and continuous downpour.

They were found on a rock shelf about 4km (2.5 miles) from the mouth of the cave.

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Rescue divers had spent much of Monday making preparations for a final push to locate them, efforts that had been hampered by flooding that made it hard to move through the tight passageways of muddy water.

The British Cave Rescue Council, a voluntary underground rescue operation, has been in touch with the British divers who located the boys.

Divers had to navigate a series of sharp, narrow bends in near-darkness.

The only trace of them had been bicycles and soccer cleats found outside the entrance of the complex, and handprints along the cave walls.

The base camp set up to service rescue workers - and the hundreds of journalists from around the world who have descended on the muddy site.

Bringing the trapped boys to safety is an extremely risky task given the conditions inside. That could take months, however, given that Thailand's rainy season typically lasts through October. "There is current. The visibility can be zero at times".

The team was discovered by a combined rescue party of Thai Navy SEALS and volunteer divers Monday after spending ten days trapped in the perilous situation.

Along with the search efforts inside the cave, rescuers have searched on the mountainside for possible ways into the caverns below.

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Tinnakorn Boonpiem, whose 12-year-old son Mongkol is among the 13, told AFP news agency near the caves she was "so glad" to hear they were safe.

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