Letters from trapped boys in Thai cave tug at heartstrings


A former Thai Navy diver who joined an ongoing operation to rescue 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand died on Friday.

But rescuers now have to figure out how to get them out, through several kilometres of dangerously flooded tunnels, or even to attempt to bring them out for now. That could take months, however, given that Thailand's rainy season typically lasts through October.

Authorities in Thailand say that they will not immediately attempt an underwater evacuation of 12 schoolboys who have been trapped in a cave for nearly two weeks because they have not learned adequate diving skills in the few days since searchers reached the area where they are sheltering.

Numerous boys - aged between 11 to 16 - are unable to swim and none has scuba experience, further imperiling any attempt to dive out of the cave. A fourth possibility would be to find an alternative way into their chamber.

"At first we thought that we could sustain the kids' lives for a long time where they are now, but now, many things have changed", he said, according to The Associated Press. "If (there is) heavy rain and the situation is not good, we will try". "That's up to the team inside to decide", Kobchai told reporters on Thursday.

He says that even divers with considerable expertise have been "climbing up, climbing through, going (through water with) zero visibility to finally get through the team".

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Attempts to resuscitate him failed.

But the meteorological department warned that up to 60 percent of the country's north, including Chiang Rai, can expect heavy rain from July 7 to July 12.

Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said all members of the group did not have to be brought out at the same time, but could be extracted over days, depending on the weather.

Authorities have been racing to pump out water from the cave before more storms hit the region in the coming days and send water levels rising again.

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"This circumstance has clearly shown the power of unity in action, power of love and goodwill towards fellow men regardless of race and religious beliefs", the king said in a letter.

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"I am fine, it is a bit cold but don't worry".

"Despite this, we will continue until we accomplish our mission, " Arpakorn said. "Yesterday, they tried to take in mobile phones but the bag it was in broke", she said.

The navy is also seeking permission to posthumously promote Saman, who was a petty officer first class when he left the unit, Channel News Asia reports.

"This is my backyard", said Brandon Fox, a 36-year-old from MI who lives in Mae Sai and has been coming to the site daily to help out with everything from trash collection to translation.

"It's very risky (diving out)". The visibility is also really bad.

The Seal commander said oxygen levels in their shelter had dropped, but said a doctor was with the team monitoring their health.

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"Learning to dive is easy, but this is not normal diving", he said.