Thais fight water and oxygen levels during cave rescue


Four expert cave divers from the United Kingdom will guide 12 boys and their soccer coach out of the flooded Thai cave they are trapped in, with support from Thai navy seals, authorities said.

Late Friday, Thai officials were still trying to come up with a workable extraction plan for the group trapped for almost two weeks deep inside the cavern, stoking fears that all available options remain too risky.

They became trapped after rain flooded the Tham Luang caves near Mae Sai and were not found for more than a week.

Thai authorities say a former navy SEAL working to rescue boys trapped in cave has died from lack of oxygen.

Mr Narongsak said the boys were still healthy and have practised wearing diving masks and breathing in preparation for the diving possibility.

Infantino submitted a statement to the Football Association of Thailand on THursday night Bangkok time to show his concern on the Wild Hog Acadey FC members who have been stuck in the Chiang Rai's cave since January 27.

One reason the team can not yet be evacuated is that rescuers were also still searching for three more wetsuits with a thickness of five millimeters, the official, who has direct knowledge of the operation, told CNN. Outside the cave, the mother of one of the boys said she was "glad" for a glimpse of her son.

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The group was found by British rescue divers after 10 days in the cave, perched on a rock shelf in a small chamber about 4km (2.5 miles) from the cave mouth.

Rescue workers trying to save the 12 schoolboys, who have been trapped inside the Thai cave for 13 days, are seen wading up to their necks in fast-flowing, murky water. Normal oxygen levels in the air are about 21%.

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"This morning, I have asked for 13 sets of (diving) equipment to be prepared and checked the equipment lists and place them inside (the cave) in case we have to bring them out in this condition with less than 100 percent readiness", he said. However, after hearing news about the missing football team, he rejoined the navy's rescue operation as a volunteer.

The rescue effort has grown into an global collaboration, with divers from the USA military, the U.K., China and Australia helping out.

Croatia's national soccer team, which is competing in the ongoing World Cup, has offered its "support and love" to the young Thai soccer team trapped in a cave.

Most of the divers are Thai or from surrounding Southeastern Asian countries but a few Australians and Europeans are heard doing a headcount.

"When Saman placed the canisters he was on his way back and while he was returning he had lost consciousness". The way out is a hard dive with many narrow passages through muddy water.

Oxygen levels were being depleted by the large number of people working inside the cave network, said Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn.

"His job was to deliver oxygen (in the cave)".

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. "Today Saman rests. We will complete this mission, just as Saman intended", they vowed, signing off with a battle cheer adopted from the U.S. Navy: "Hooyah Hooyah Hooyah".

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