All 12 boys and football coach trapped in Thailand cave 'found alive'

All 12 boys and football coach trapped in Thailand cave 'found alive'

All 12 boys and football coach trapped in Thailand cave 'found alive'

They were operating as part of a large global effort to search the Tham Luang complex for the team, who went missing back on June 23.

Family members hear the news that the missing team has been found alive in the cave where they were lost more than a week ago in northern Thailand.

The chief organiser of the successful search for 12 boys and their football coach said Tuesday that discussions are under way on the best and "totally safe" way to bring them out of the Tham Luang caves. The governor said engineers are continuing to drain the cave network as doctors and nurses contine to check on the health of the boys and the coach.

"One of them told me that they can barely see their hand in front of their face".

Their conditions were not immediately clear.

"If the children are to be brought out before then, they will have to learn basic diving skills to safely get through the unsafe corridors of muddy, zero-visibility waters as attempts to pump the water levels lower have so far not been successful", an Army official told BBC.

But overjoyed relatives who had clustered near the cave in an increasingly desperate vigil hugged and smiled as news of the miracle rescue filtered back.

"Our mission (is) not done yet", Osottanakorn said.

Emergency packages have been dropped into cave shafts containing food, beverages, a phone, a flashlight, candles, a lighter and a map of the cave, in the hope the boys will be able to find them.

Meanwhile, diving experts have taken food and rejuvenative mineral salts so the boys and coach can rebuild their strength after 10 days with nearly no food or fresh water.

Narongsak said officials had met and agreed on the need to "ensure 100 percent safety for the boys when we bring them out". "They were smart to drink water in the cave", Sura told Reuters.

As part of the rescue effort, search parties have been lowered down shafts on the mountainside, but it was unclear what progress they had made, or exactly where they were in relation to the "Pattaya Beach" chamber.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha thanked the global experts and rescuers who helped locate the missing for their "tremendous efforts".

With water levels dropping, they resumed dives Saturday, re-entering a chamber from which they had retreated earlier in the week.

"We're here to support the Thai government in its operation", said Cameron Noble from Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The team's plight has dominated the media in the nation of Thailand as the country desperately awaited word of the boys' fate.

But one cave rescue expert was cautious about this approach. An official Australian group has now followed a US military team, British cave experts, Chinese lifesaving responders and several other volunteer groups from various countries.

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