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Thailand cave: Map of Tham Luang system where soccer team is stranded

Thailand cave: Map of Tham Luang system where soccer team is stranded

Why can't the boys come out the same way the rescuers went in?

Why are they being sent four months of food?

Stanton and his diving partner, John Volanthen, have been identified in the British media as the two British divers who first discovered the 12 children and football coach trapped in a cavern in northern Thailand.

The team was given energy gels to sustain them in the meantime.

Rescuers are left wondering how to get them out of the cave?

Teams, according to Thai English-language website Khaosodenglish.com, have been pumping roughly 2,600 gallons of water out of the complex every hour. But this is only enough to lower the level by one centimeter and more rain is forecast sparking fears it will threaten the air pocket where the team has taken refuge.

He said that having the rescued people dive out of the cave was one of several options being considered. It wouldn't require them to learn how to dive, though it would be a huge logistical effort requiring a number of expert divers. Diving gear will be used.

In theory yes: but it is an extremely hard task.

"If they were given breathing apparatuses and then perhaps restrain them, and literally propel them out", he said.

"Diving is not easy".

Volanthen and Stanton, who are members of the British Cave Council, described passageways so narrow they had to squirm through them.

"The specialty we have been able to deploy has been very useful to to the Thai authorities and has been very welcomed there. If the gear is lost at any moment, it can be risky to life".

"We found that most of the boys are in [stable] condition", said Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn. The effort drew global help and has riveted Thailand.

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Found after more than a week of searching, they are mostly in stable medical condition and have received high-protein liquid food, officials said Tuesday. "Maybe some of the boys have injuries or light injuries and would be categorized as yellow condition".

Rescuers have asked for the donation of 15 small full face masks.

Ben Reymenants, a Belgian cave diver who is part of the worldwide team told NBC News' TODAY that he was "very surprised obviously that they are all alive and actually mentally also healthy". "It will seem very bright when they come out into the sunshine".

Princess Alexandra awarded them a Royal Humane Society medal at Buckingham Palace for the rescue attempt in 2012.

"They need another three or four feet so they can literally float them out with life jackets, but time is not on their side".

He said officials had met and agreed on the need to "ensure 100 percent safety for the boys when we bring them out". Brilliant", he says. When asked by the group if they will be leaving the cave, the diver says: "No, not today, not today. It was pure speculation that they could be there in one of these two rooms. "They have not yet reached 'the (Pattaya) beach, '" Narongsak said. "It was all speculation and pure luck that they were there".

Here's what else we know to catch you up for the day ahead. "If the cave system (floods) it would make access impossible to the kids".

The Thai military said it is providing months worth of food and diving lessons to the boys, discovered kilometres into the pitch-black and waterlogged Tham Luang network of caves in the country's monsoon-drenched north.

"Taking them in the water would be extremely unsafe for the kids and the coach - but also for the rescuers". "The question is how much time until the water goes up again?"

Rescuers found their bicycles, football boots and backpacks near the cave's opening, and spotted handprints and footprints further in - leading them to the spot they were eventually found.

Dr. Bill Dally, a civil engineering professor at the University of North Florida and certified scuba diver, said getting the soccer team home will be a complex rescue effort.

The team had been missing since June 23, when they did not return to their homes from practice. None of the boys can swim, or dive.


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