Thai cave rescue: Authorities 'afraid of the rain', speed up operation

Thai cave rescue: Authorities 'afraid of the rain', speed up operation

Thai cave rescue: Authorities 'afraid of the rain', speed up operation

The rescue operation has come to a close for the night and will resume in 10-20 hours.

To escape, the children must dive through dark, narrow passageways sometimes no more than two-feet (0.6- meter) wide, that have challenged some of the world's leading cave divers.

However, a statement issued by the rescue operation earlier said that they couldn't confirm how many children would be brought out in this first stage of the rescue, "due to the complex nature of the cave and difficulty of the operation".

An Australian doctor with cave diving experience examined the boys on Sunday and declared them fit for the operation.

Chiang Rai provincial acting governor Narongsak Osatanakorn made the comment at a news conference on Sunday evening after rescuers extracted four of the boys from the cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.

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The four boys were among 12 members of the Wild Boars team, ages 11-16, who ventured deep into the cave along with their 25-year-old coach on June 23.

He said that so far the operation is going "better than expected".

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"We heard four boys are out but we do not know who they are".

The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks.

"We have two obstacles: water and time", Governor Osottanakorn noted, adding, "This is what we have been racing against since day one". "If we don't do it today we will lose our opportunity".

Rescuers at a Thai cave where eight boys and their soccer coach remain trapped have awoken to cloudy skies, after a night in which heavy monsoon rains lashed the mountainous region for several hours. Ropes were installed to help guide the boys through the darkness.

Officials had looked at many different ways to save the boys and their coach. Officials recognize that they have to finish the recuses quickly, before seasonal monsoon rains arrive and flood the caves even further.

More than 100 exploratory holes were also bored-some shallow, but the longest 400 metres deep- into the mountainside in an attempt to open a second evacuation route and avoid forcing the boys into the unsafe dive.

Meanwhile rescuers fed a kilometres-long air pipe into the cave to restore oxygen levels in the chamber where the team was sheltering with medics and divers.

Engineers have been diverting the water flow into the cave over the past week and pumping it out at a rate of 180,000 litres an hour in an attempt to make it easier for the boys to escape and reduce the amount of time they must spend underwater.

"I remember all of their faces, especially the youngest one".

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