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 Thai soccer team found alive in cave
Flin
 Posted: Jul 3 2018, 06:42 AM
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Thai soccer team found alive in cave nine days after they went missing, focus now on rescue
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Video provided by a Thai Navy Seal shows the boys and their soccer coach when rescuers found them inside the cave complex.

Twelve boys and their assistant soccer coach have been found alive by rescuers inside a Thai cave complex nine days after they went missing, Chiang Rai province's governor announced.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with the 25-year-old coach after soccer practice on June 23 after they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai, the largest northernmost city in Thailand.

A massive international rescue effort has been underway since, with rescue teams battling through thick mud and high water to try to reach the group.

"Thai Navy seals have found all 13 with signs of life," Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

Rescuers had been working on Monday to clear a constricted passageway for divers deep inside the flooded cave complex in a search operation that has been hampered by heavy rain.

Divers from Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit had been focusing on an elevated mound inside the cave which cavers have named "Pattaya Beach", which could have provided the boys with a refuge when rains flooded the cave.

"The SEALs reported that … they reached Pattaya Beach which was flooded. So they went 400 metres further where we found the 13 … who were safe," Governor Narongsak told the cheering group of reporters.

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

"The Royal Thai Government and the Thai people are grateful for this support and cooperation, and we all wish the team a safe and speedy recovery," Mr Prayuth's office said in a statement.
Boys may need to use diving equipment

The next challenge will be getting the group out of the cave, which some have dubbed a "labyrinth".

Rescuers had discussed waiting until water levels subsided to get the boys out.

Other options included teaching the group to use diving gear to navigate the flooded cave.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-03/thai-soccer-team-found-alive-in-cave-after-9-days-missing/9933522

Some good news to start the day.
Well done.
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 Posted: Jul 3 2018, 07:31 AM
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Well done rescue teams
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 Posted: Jul 3 2018, 10:21 AM
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So glad they were all found safe and ok. It must have been terrifying for those poor kids and their families, the coach and his family too. I would guess that the coach was a very level headed man. http://fairdinkumnewschat.com/biggrin.gif
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