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Thai navy divers widen cave passage in search for missing boys

Thai navy divers widen cave passage in search for missing boysBy Panu Wongcha-um CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – Rescuers in Thailand scrabbled to clear a constricted passageway for divers deep inside a flooded cave complex on Monday as the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach entered a ninth day. The divers from a Thai navy SEAL unit were within 500 meters of a chamber containing an elevated rock mound, nicknamed “Pattaya Beach” by cavers, which could have provided the boys with a refuge when rains flooded the cave, blocking the way out. Progress has been slow as divers need to widen parts of a narrow 100 meter stretch that they were unable to pass through without their air cylinders becoming jammed.



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A Youth Soccer Team Has Been Trapped in a Thai Cave for More Than a Week. Here's Why It's Taking So Long to Find Them

A Youth Soccer Team Has Been Trapped in a Thai Cave for More Than a Week. Here's Why It's Taking So Long to Find ThemMore than a thousand people are trying to rescue the 12 boys and their coach



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Divers prepare to push forward in Thai cave rescue

Divers prepare to push forward in Thai cave rescueMAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Rescue divers spent much of Monday making preparations for what is hoped will be a final push in their search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who have been missing for more than a week in a cave in northern Thailand.



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Thai divers advance as cave search for lost boys gains ground

Thai divers advance as cave search for lost boys gains groundRescue divers inched closer to a spot in a flooded cave where 12 boys and their football coach have been missing for more than a week after days of bad weather beset the grueling search. The children, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old assistant coach have not been heard from since they ventured into the recesses of the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on Saturday and were blocked by heavy rains. “Today what we have to do is to rush to the kids,” Thai Navy Seal commander and Rear Admiral Apakorn Yookongkaew said earlier at the site.



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Thai boys spend eighth night in flooded cave as weather eases

Thai boys spend eighth night in flooded cave as weather easesTwelve Thai boys and their assistant football coach spent their eighth night trapped in a flooded cave, as a round-the-clock search was aided by better weather on Sunday. Rescue teams attempted to reach deeper into the chambers of Tham Luang cave in the hope of locating the children, aged 11 to 16, and the coach more than a week after they ventured in and were blocked by heavy rains. Despite the tireless effort and international assistance, there has been no contact with the group since they were reported missing, and monsoon rains have complicated the rescue by blocking passageways.



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'We Want to Find Them Today.' Thai Authorities Say They're Preparing to Rescue Missing Boys

'We Want to Find Them Today.' Thai Authorities Say They're Preparing to Rescue Missing BoysThe under-16 soccer team and their coach have been missing for more than a week



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Rescuers clear hurdle in cave search for missing Thai boys

Rescuers clear hurdle in cave search for missing Thai boysMAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Rescue divers cleared a key hurdle Sunday in the increasingly desperate search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who went missing in a cave in northern Thailand more than a week ago, officials said.



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Divers progress in search for missing Thai children trapped in cave 

Divers progress in search for missing Thai children trapped in cave Rescue divers reached several kilometres inside a flooded cave Saturday where 12 boys and their football coach have been trapped for a week, offering a flicker of hope for the harrowing search. There has been no contact with the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their coach since they went into the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand last weekend and were hemmed in by heavy rains that blocked the entrance. The desperate, round-the-clock search for the team has been beset by torrential downpours that submerged tunnels near the entrance, blocking divers from going in. But Navy SEAL divers reached a T-junction in the depths of the cave just one to two miles from where the boys are believed to be, Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said. Divers reached the same spot earlier in the week but were forced back by rushing floodwaters. An ethnic Akha woman prays for the return of the missing members of an under-16 football team Credit: Reuters This time, divers planted bottles of oxygen along the tunnel walls so swimmers navigating the muddy pools with almost no visibility could stay under for longer. Water levels inside the complex labyrinth of tunnels finally dropped thanks to dozens of pumps set up to drain the floods even as heavy rain continued to pound the area near the Myanmar and Laos borders. "The situation is better today than yesterday and the day before. Water has receded considerably and we are pumping out water in all chambers (near the entrance)," Narongsak told reporters. As the search for the boys hit its seventh day, attention turned to their chances of survival inside the cave with little or no food and light. The group likely has access to fresh water – either dripping in through rocks or rushing in through the entrance – but experts warned that runoff water from nearby farms could carry dangerous chemicals or bacteria. "If they drink the water in the caves and it makes them sick it could hasten the problem that they are in, but if they don't drink it then they are also in trouble," Anmar Mirza, coordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission, told AFP. But even without food he said young, athletic boys could "easily live for a month or a month and a half" with the main challenge their mental resolve. "The biggest issue that they are facing right now if they are alive is psychological because they don't know at what point they might get rescued," Mirza said by phone from the US state of Indiana. Practice drills The dramatic week-long rescue has galvanised the nation and prompted emotional outpourings online from well-wishers praying for their safe return. Cartoon images of the smiling boys being found by divers circulated along with messages for the team: "Stay Strong, We are Coming" and "Don't Give Up". Teams of foreign experts, including more than 30 US military personnel, have descended on the remote mountainous site to join some 1,000 Thai rescuers. Australian, Chinese and Japanese experts also joined efforts. "We have the skills of cave rescue and rope rescue so we can try to do something for the children," James Wang, from China's Green Boat Emergency Rescue, told AFP. A group of policemen enters Tham Luang Nang Non cave where a a soccer team has gone missing Credit: Getty Several teams trekked into the thick jungle above the cave desperately looking for new openings that might lead to the trapped boys. One team was drilling into a 40-metre (130-foot) chimney that led to a muddy chamber, which the governor described as a "promising" lead. But there was still no indication it linked to the main cave complex. "We have been rotating our staff into the chimney since yesterday, they are inside… still searching and we are waiting for their findings," Surachai Thathes, chief of the parks ministry rescue team for northern Thailand, told AFP. Another chimney was discovered nearby and helicopters carrying food, water and medical supplies were dispatched to the area. But the main priority was trying to reach the boys through the main entrance, governor Narongsak said. Earlier in the day medics and police staged practice drills to prepare for the quick and complex evacuations that will be required if and when the boys are found. Stone-faced relatives kept vigil under a makeshift tent near shrines where monks are leading prayers near shrines overflowing with offerings. Stretching 10 kilometres (six miles) and with complicated, snaking pathways and narrow corridors, Tham Luang is one one of Thailand's longest and toughest caves to navigate. Officials said the boys know the site well and have visited many times before, buoying hopes that they might have trekked to a large airy chamber in the centre. Rescuers found footprints and handprints in a chamber near that spot earlier in the week, further in from where they found the kids' football boots, backpacks and bicycles.



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Unable to find lost boys, Thai police drop survival packages into cave

Unable to find lost boys, Thai police drop survival packages into caveBy Chayut Setboonsarng CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – As a search in Thailand for 12 boys and their soccer coach missing inside a flooded cave entered a sixth day on Friday, police dropped survival packages through a shaft drilled in the mountainside not knowing if anyone was there. International rescue teams, including one sent by the United States Pacific Command, are helping the Thai military and police in a search that has been hampered by heavy rain.



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As Thai search enters seventh day, divers cling to hope of finding lost boys

As Thai search enters seventh day, divers cling to hope of finding lost boysBy Panu Wongcha-um CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – Having failed to find any sign of 12 boys and their soccer coach during a week-long search of flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, rescuers held out hope on Saturday that the group could have found safety on a rocky mound in one of the chambers. Divers were still some way from the potential safety spot, called “Pattaya Beach” after one of Thailand’s best known tourist destinations. Meantime, a police search party has entered the cave from the surface, having drilled a 50-metre long shaft from the mountainside.



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