Thai mothers see footage of their sons trapped underground for 12 days

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Thai soccer team found alive in cave nine days after they went missing
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July 04, 2018 16:07:00

Video: Mothers watch footage of their trapped sons in Thai cave

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Several mothers of the boys expressed gratitude to the rescuers and said they were looking forward to seeing their sons, who had so far been trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai for 12 days.Kian Kamlaung, the mother of 16-year-old Pornchai Kamlaung, said it was like he had been given a new life.All 12 boys and their coach were found alive in the cave where they went missing over a week ago and all were said to be in relatively good health.The boys and the coach were provided high-energy meals and a medical check by the Thai Navy SEAL team who reached them after diving through kilometres of muddy and low-visibility water.A video released by the navy on Facebook shows the boys covered in thermal blankets and chatting in high spirits.The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing when flooding trapped them after they entered the cave on June 23. Relatives of the boys and soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand, have reacted with delight to new videos of the soccer team greeting them from inside the flooded labyrinth. Video: 'I thought he only had a 50pc chance of survival': Mother of a missing boy reacts to news he's been found

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SEAL commander Rear Admiral Arpakorn Yookongkaew said there was no rush to bring the group out of the cave, since they are safe where they are.While efforts to pump out floodwaters continued, some Thai officials indicated heavy rains forecast for this weekend could force them to decide the boys should swim and dive out using the same complicated route through which their rescuers entered.ABC/Wires Video: Thai soccer team found alive in cave after 9 days missing (Photo: AP)

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Rescuers are now trying to find a way of getting them out safely.The Navy SEAL commander had also said on Tuesday a telephone line was being installed in the cave in order for the boys to communicate with their families.Rescuers now have to decide how best to get the group out in their weakened condition.Options being considered include waiting until water levels subside, or teaching the group to use diving gear to navigate the flooded cave.Diving lessons
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Authorities said the boys were being looked after by seven members of the Thai navy SEALs, including medics, who were staying with them inside the cave.The Thai official overseeing the rescue operation said the boys had been practicing wearing diving masks and breathing.Officials have said teaching the 12 boys and their coach to dive may be the only way to get them out of the cave, but other options were being explored.Chiang Rai provincial Governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said while the team had been practicing with masks, he did not believe they had attempted any practice dives.He said it was unknown when an extraction could be attempted, but it was unlikely to be today.He said any extraction had to be “100 per cent safe”.
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