Twelve boys, all part of a soccer team, and their coach were found trapped inside a cave by two British divers in the northern Chiang Rai province, in Thailand.
The discovery was made on Monday, July 2, 2018. All of them were found safe but now authorities are trying to devise a plan to get them all out without putting their lives at risk.
Footage of the group has been shared on Facebook and it seems that getting to the group might be hard, considering that the divers have to swim through one kilometer of mud and flooding waters.
Bringing them out will be even harder; trained divers have a very complicated time reaching the cave, and it would be nearly impossible for children without any sort of specialized training in diving to do so.
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According to Anmar Mirza, national coordinator of the US Cave Rescue Commission, diving would be the fastest way to rescue the group but it would also be the most dangerous.
Edd Sorenson, a coordinator for the International Underwater Cave Rescue and Recovery Organization in Florida, agreed, considering that diving should only be considered as a last resort.
Drilling has also been suggested and a couple of heavy machines have already been placed to drill through the hard rock, but it has proved to be a challenging method.
Aside from the thickness of the rock, new roads would have to be built above the cave in order to support the immense weight of the machines required to break through and free the soccer team.
For now, resupplying the group seems to be the most viable way to keep them alive and as comfortable as possible. Narongsak Osottanakorn, Governor of Chiang Rai, shared that doctors and nurses would be sent to evaluate their health condition.
Getting the teenagers and the coach out of the cave without them being strong enough to be moved would endanger their lives, as well as the lives of those rescuing them.
The soccer team has been trapped in the cave for nine days and, for now, the priority is to nurse them back to a healthier state by supplying them with food, clean water, blankets and medication.
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