Boys trapped in Thai cave promised tickets to World Cup final

Boys trapped in Thai cave promised tickets to World Cup final

Boys trapped in Thai cave promised tickets to World Cup final

They are being looked after by Thai navy SEALs, including medics, who are staying with them inside the cave.

An elaborate plan to rescue a soccer team of 12 young boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand is taking shape.

The Thailand cave rescue effort have been stepped up a gear as officials race to free a group of trapped boys aged 12-15 before conditions threaten to fill the cavern they are trapped in with rainwater.

"We originally thought the boys can stay safe inside the cave for quite some time but circumstances have changed".

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters on Thursday, according to CNN: "In the previous days we were fighting with time".

Samarn died early on Friday after he and a fellow volunteer were on their way back from placing oxygen tanks deep inside the cave.

A senior army commander, Maj Gen Chalongchai Chaiyakam, said the most pressing mission now was to provide an oxygen line to reach the group.

Officials prefer to get the boys out as soon as possible because heavy rain expected by Saturday will nearly surely raise water levels again in the cave, making passage in some areas even more hard, if not impossible. And though first responders have been working to drain the water and remove the team with minimum risk, heavy rain is expected to start by Saturday. At this time though, diving is the only possible method of escape, even though cave rescue experts warn it is extremely unsafe even for those with experience.

"And when he reached chamber three, we tried to care for him some more but he lost consciousness and never regained it so we sent him to the hospital", said Arpakorn.

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He said: "Despite this, we will continue until we accomplish our mission".

Twelve boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a cave in northern Thailand and, despite the fact that they've been found, their rescue is a whole other challenge.

"See you tonight at Tham Luang", said an upbeat Saman, referring to the cave complex, before signing off on the video clip and setting off for the province of Chiang Rai on the Myanmar border. The next 48 hours then becomes even more vital, as it represents a short window in which the boys could potentially escape the cave.

They have been receiving basic training in breathing through diving equipment after they were located by British cave divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen on Monday.

The children have been stuck in the cave for close to a fortnight after heavy rain made it impossible for them to leave when they were exploring the system.

Rescue teams have been pumping millions of liters of water from the cave in an attempt to lower water levels to the extent that the boys can simply walk out.

Saman resigned from the Thai military in 2006 before working at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport, according to a post on the Thai Navy SEALs Facebook page, which said he was a triathlete and a "skilled and able diver". More rains are forecast for the region and could complicate further rescue efforts.

The conditions of the boys and their coach will affect how and when they are extracted, Osatanakorn noted, saying they may not all be taken out at the same time.

Authorities are trying to work out how best to bring the group to safety, with officials stressing they do not intend to take any risks with the boys' safety.

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