This is why rescuers aren’t teaching the Thai soccer team to dive out of the cave right now

Thai mothers see footage of their sons trapped underground for 12 days
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Teaching the boys to dive out of the cave is one of the rescue options being considered. Now that the 12 boys and the soccer coach have been found inside the sprawling Tham Luang cave complex, all attention is now on how rescuers can get them out.With suggestions that the group could be left underground for weeks, potentially months, until Thailand’s rainy season ends, plenty have been asking the question — why don’t they just swim out with dive equipment?There are lots of reasons why it’s potentially the most dangerous option to free the group, which means there is no rush to get the group out while they’re still receiving food and in good health.Former US Navy Seal Cade Courtley told CNN that teaching the group to dive would be the “last option” he would take.Let’s take a look why.The journey out of the cave is cold, muddy and darkThailand’s Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda summed it best when he described the cave as “unlike diving in a swimming pool”.In fact it’s a long way from it.The water inside the cave is muddy, dark and freezing.Australian cave diver and engineer Ron Allum said even for an experienced diver, the journey would be “quite scary”.”If they have got lights, all you will find is a brown glow in front of you. Photo:
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Conditions inside the cave are poor, with limited visibility and freezing floodwaters (AP: Tham Luang Rescue Operation Centre)
Restraining the boys is an option if they have to get outBut more heavy rain is forecast for the coming days, which could worsen the flooding in the cave where the boys are trapped.That means waiting it out won’t be an option anymore, and they could be forced to dive out to survive.Mr Allum said the first step would be to take the group for a few laps of the lake at the bottom of the room they’re currently stuck in.”If they can handle that for a period of time, then see how they go before you venture into that overhead environment,” he said.He also said the group would likely be taken out one at a time, and they’d be “closely tethered” to a rescue diver on the trip.”You would perhaps have to take one of the strongest out first as a first run and see how that went,” he said.”If there is any apprehension there I wouldn’t even attempt it.”Unless there is horrendous weather forecast, they can wait, that’s the safest option.”Vice chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council Bill Whitehouse told CNN that restraining the children for the trip could be the safest option.”If they were given breathing apparatuses and then perhaps restrain them, and literally propel them out,” he said. (Facebook: Digitalay)
Mr Mitchell said the trip to get out of the cave takes about three hours for experienced divers.”(It involves) multiple stops, changes of air tanks etcetera. They have got no visual reference,” he said.According to the Bangkok Post, none of the boys know how to swim, so they’ve got hurdles to overcome before strapping an oxygen tank to their backs.Divers from the British Cave Rescue Council have participated in the rescue so far, and its Assistant Chairman Gary Mitchell told the BBC that the cave system is about 10km long.”We are fairly sure that the boys are around 2km into the cave system, of which almost a kilometre of that is through flooded passages … where the water meets the roof,” he said. It’s a slow process,” he said.To dive out of the cave would also be extremely dangerousBig sections of the path out of the cave are extremely narrow, only big enough to fit one person through at a time.The big concern for rescuers is that the boys will panic in the dangerous sections of the three-hour trip out of the cave. Video: 'All you will find is a brown glow in front of you': Cave expert says the boys will have to learn to dive

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Remember, the boys are only between 11 and 16 years old.Mr Allum told RN Breakfast that panic could set in when the boys dive into the strong currents of the floodwaters and feel they’re out of control.”It would be very disconcerting for them to face that situation,” he said.Rescue consultant Pat Moret told CNN they would be faced with “an incredibly hostile situation”.”Hopefully the kids will be so desperate to get out they will grit their teeth and just be able to push through it,” he said.Mr Anupong has said that should anything go wrong during a dive out of the cave, it could be “life-threatening”. (AP: Sakchai Lalit)
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