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Trapped Thailand boys will be taught to dive to escape caves

05 July 2018, 09:53 | Charlene Valdez

Agonising rescue ahead for Thai cave boys as nation rejoices

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

Seven members of Thailand's navy, including two medics, are working with the pair to free the boys. One said "thank you" to everyone who is waiting for their rescue.

However it was found that malnutrition had led to exhaustion for the team's coach and two boys, CNN reported.

The boys and their coach are not in danger of drowning. Former Real Madrid and Brazil soccer legend Ronaldo spoke to CNN at an event in Russian Federation about the soccer team. "This guy is very good and he taking care of my boy so well", one of the women said.

Austria and Leicester City star Christian Fuchs sent a video message of support Wednesday.

"If it's risky or not safe, we will not proceed yet", Narongsak said.

But their rescue may take months as they must either be taught to dive or wait for the water to recede.

Fuchs won the Premier League title with Thai-owned Leicester in 2016.

"Hi, I'm Christian Fuchs from English Premier League team, Leicester City Football Club".

"From the T-junction to Pattaya Beach (there) is a slope and a passage about 15 metres long, a very narrow passage".

Efforts to open a communications line between the trapped team located 4km from the mouth of the cave suffered a setback after equipment fell into the water, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said yesterday. "He is thinner" she said as she ran her finger over his image - a sign of the heartache the saga has brought to relatives of the trapped 13. Everyone is working their hardest. Gen. Bancha Duriyaphan said.

They tried to install the cable on Tuesday but the equipment was damaged by water.

A new dam at the southern end of the site has also been set up to take outflows from the cave as the pumping operation continues. "The pressure will be immensely reduced", another military spokesman, said.

With these factors in mind, Thai Navy SEALs are now rushing to teach the adolescents how to properly dive.

In the video, as a light is shone on each boy's face they address the camera with head bowed and hands clasped together in a Thai prayer-like greeting known as "wai".

Initial medical check-ups showed the boys to be in good health. In the most recent videos a Navy SEAL is shown treating minor cuts on the feet and legs of the boys with antibiotic ointment.

The doctor, Lt. Col. Park Loharachun, hasn't left the boys' side since diving into the cavern.

Any evacuation effort would take the boys 2.5 miles back to the entrance of the cave, through narrow and twisting passageways, many of which are flooded. The group has been given high-protein gels to rebuild their strength.

Photographs of Pheeraphat "Night" Sompiengjai, one of the members of a Thai youth football team now trapped at the Tham Luang cave.

The focus now is on getting the teammates ready for the journey ahead. At a news conference Wednesday, Osatanakorn said they've been practicing diving procedures and breathing. They will be brought out gradually.

"They don't have to leave all at once".

A cave diving instructor with 15 years of experience, who only wished to be known as Chew, said that his students are typically trained in open waters with blacked out diving masks to simulate poor visibility.

"In an ideal situation, when we train divers, they are not stressed".

"Now we are going to walk around that area to search every inch, (to see if) there are chimneys or holes where we can climb down, and we may adjust our plan".

"It's bad news and the world of football hopes that someone can find a way to take these kids out of there", he said.

Rescuers do not want to delay their exit due to upcoming rains and the possibility of more flooding in cave.

Authorities still hope they can manage any fresh deluge, with high-powered pumps draining 128 million litres (34 million gallons) of water so far from the cave in a round-the-clock effort.

Rescuers are now considering how best to bring the group to safety. "It floats and can be easily maneuvered by two experienced divers".

"Thirteen! Brilliant", the rescuer responded before assuring them that, "Many people are coming. It's physically strenuous: in water, through blackout conditions, through tight squeezes for hundreds of meters". We train them in multiple failures and how to handle them.

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