Rescue workers are pumping around 1.6 million litres of water from the cave each hour. (ABC News)
Earlier, it was also reported that divers, medics, counsellors and Thai Navy Seals were with the 12 schoolboys and their 25-year-old assistant coach, providing medicines, food and basic diving training, while experts assessed conditions for getting them out safely.The medics have said they are willing to stay with the boys until they are rescued, even if it takes months, amid concerns about dangerous snakes in the caves and contamination from bat droppings.Boys may be rescued in stagesWhile the latest footage shows the boys in good spirits, rescue officials say the boys and their coach may not all be extracted at the same time, depending on their health.”The water is very strong and space is narrow. Video: Monk leaves cave after leading prayers for the trapped boys. May God bless you!”, said the miner wearing a red helmet and a yellow safety vest.Meanwhile, high speed internet is being installed in the chamber where they are trapped, so they can talk with their families via video. Video: Thai boys in high spirits as rescuers plan next move. I’ve missed him every second.”Friends sing outside caveThe classmates of the trapped boys turned up at the site in support of the group and the rescue teams.”We are here to pray and sing for them,” said one of the children, Weerapat Kiat-orarnkul.”We want our friends inside and rescue teams to know that we are sending our support.”Another classmate, Piwit Akiriwong, said he wants “to play football with my friends again at school”. It’s a dangerous option, but it could be the only hope for the 12 boys and their coach. Video: Rescued Chilean miner sends message of hope to trapped Thai boys
Seeing footage of the boys smiling and talking has boosted the mood of their family members during the long wait for them to be rescued.When the boys were first found, Tham Chanthawong, an aunt of the team’s coach said: “I want to give him a hug. Key points:The goalie, “Night”, has birthday cake and presents waiting for himHigh speed internet is being installed so the boys can video chat with their familiesWater is being drained rapidly, and boys may be rescued in stages depending on their health
Why doesn’t the Thai soccer team dive out of the cave? I miss him very much.” “In these 10 days, how many million seconds have there been? (ABC News)
“Now we are teaching the children to swim and dive,” he said, adding that if water levels fell and the flow weakened, they would be taken out quickly.Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn suggested that to get the boys out, they might have to be dragged out in phases to ensure each boy is ready for the physical ordeal.”All 13 don’t have to come out at the same time,” he told reporters.”Who is ready first can go first.”The group was discovered by the Seals and two British cave diving experts on Monday, having been incommunicado since June 23, when a post-practice outing went awry, prompting the high-profile search and rescue effort.Water being drained rapidlyThe Seals said they are pumping water as “fast as possible” in preparation to bring out the stranded group.About 120 million litres of water had been pumped out by late on Tuesday, at a rate of about 1.6 million litres every hour.Experts say divers have required three hours to reach the boys, located about 4 kilometres from the mouth of the cave.But with the boys being weak and inexperienced they will need to be prepared for an even longer trip. The family of the goalie — who is known as “Night” — had his birthday presents and a cake prepared to celebrate the occasion.They have kept them ready and waiting for when he gets out of the cave.Earlier today, one of 33 Chilean miners rescued in 2010 after spending 69 days underground in a collapsed mine sent a message of encouragement and hope to the 12 Thai boys and their coach.”I would like to send greetings and a lot of strength to the authorities and the families of these 12 children,” said Mario Sepulveda, using the handle @SuperMarioChile, in a video message posted on Twitter.”I have no doubt that if the government of that country puts in everything and makes all the humanly possibly efforts, this rescue will be successful. (AP: Sakchai Lalit)
Buddhist monk offers prayersSeveral religious figures have also shown up, the most popular being a famous Buddhist monk, Kruba Boonchum, who when he first visited the scene had predicted that the boys would be found this week.He returned on Wednesday to offer prayers for their safe rescue. As a measure of the respect in which he was held, he was allowed access to the cave, which is generally off-limits to outsiders. As rescue officials continue to assess the best way to extract a Thai soccer team and their assistant coach from the Tham Luang cave complex, it has emerged that it was the goalie’s birthday on June 23 — the day they first went into the caves. (Reuters: Soe Zeya Tun)
Boys prepped for possible diveThere was much work to be done in preparing the boys for what could be a demanding task, and rescue teams should not be pressured to act faster, said deputy government spokesman Weerachon Sukondhapatipak.”Some of them can’t swim, so therefore it will take time for them to adjust,” he said.”Officials would teach them how to move, how to dive, how to move their body under those circumstances.”
Video: Mothers watch footage of their trapped sons in Thai cave
Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, said his son Peerapat, 16, was able to swim, adding that he was confident the Seals’ experience and professionalism would help get the boys home safely.”I am not worried if the kids have to swim and dive,” he told Reuters.”I felt much better after seeing the clips with the children in good spirits, even though they were in there for 10 days.”ABC/wires Photo:
The boys’ classmates singing and playing music outside the entrance to the cave complex. Extracting the children takes a lot of people,” Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters.
Thai soccer team found alive in cave nine days after they went missing
Medics reach boys stranded in Thai cave as rescuers plan next move
It could also be their only hope Diving out of the cave is a dangerous option for the Thai soccer team.
Thai mothers see footage of their sons trapped underground for 12 days
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Video: The classmates of the boys sang and prayed outside the site to support their friends.