CHIANG RAI, THAILAND
Four of the twelve boys soccer team and coach trapped in a cave in Thailand have been rescued. Rescuers said the four boys are in good health. That’s the good news. The bad news for the kids who have been trapped in the cave for over a week, is that the rescue mission has been paused for at least 10 hours according to rescuers. The pause in the mission is due to air tanks needing to be replaced.
BBC News World (@BBCWorld) reports, according to Chiang Rai Governor, Narongsak Osottanakorn, the next phase of the rescue will begin on Monday morning, after relaying all of the air tanks and all systems along the way.
A team of 90 divers have been working to navigate the waters surrounding the cave. The process includes wading, climbing, and diving…all in complete darkness. All of which is done along guide ropes already put in place. Each boy is being accompanied by two divers who will carry the kids’ air supply. The journey from the cave to the surface is a treacherous one even for the most experienced adult divers. For inexperienced kids, that journey will be even more treacherous. A former Thai Navy Seal perished earlier this week when he lost consciousness during a rescue attempt.
The 12 boys on the soccer team are all between the ages of 11-17. The one adult, assistant coach, Ekapol Chantawong is 25 years old.