Rescue divers reached several miles on Saturday in a flooded cave where 12 boys and their football coaches were trapped for a week hoping for the harrowing search.
There was no contact with boys aged 11-16 and their coaches since they went to Tham Luang Cave last weekend and were trapped by heavy rains blocking the entrance.
The desperate search for the team around the clock was ravaged by torrential downpours. These sunken tunnels near the entrance blocked divers from entering.
But Navy SEAL divers reached a T-junction in the depths of the cave only two or three kilometers (one to two miles) from where the boys are supposed to be said by the governor of Chiang Rai, Narongsak Osottanakorn,
divers reached the Same spot earlier in the week, but thrown back by a rushing flood
This time, divers placed oxygen tanks along the tunnel walls, so that swimmers navigated the muddy bottom. The water levels within the complex tunnel labyrinth finally fell thanks to dozens of pumps designed to flood the floods When the rain near the borders of Myanmar and Laos continued to plunge into the area
"The situation is better today than yesterday and the day before yesterday Water has dropped considerably and we are pumping water in all the chambers (near the entrance) out, "Narongsak told reporters.
When the search for the boy reached its seventh day, attention focused on its chances of survival in the cave with little
The group probably has access to fresh water – either through rocks or through the entrance – but experts Warned that run-off water from nearby farms could carry dangerous chemicals or bacteria  "If they drink the water in the caves and make them sick, it could speed up the problem, but if they do not drink it, they are also in Difficulties, "explains AFP
coordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission, Anmar Mirza. But even without food, he said that young, athletic boys could" live easily for a month or a half months "with the biggest challenge of their mental resolve.
"The biggest problem they face when they are alive is psycological because they do not know at what point they could be saved," Mirza said over the phone from Indiana.
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The dramatic, week-long salvation has enchanted the nation, emotionalizing outrages online from the well-wishers praying for their safe return.
Cartoon images of smiling boys found by divers circulated along with messages for the crew: "Stay strong, let's come" and "do not give up".
Teams of foreign experts, including more than 30 US military personnel, have descended on remote mountain terrain to join some 1,000 Thai rescuers.
Also Australian, Chinese and Japanese experts joined them.
Cave rescue and rope rescue skills so we can try to do something for the children, "said James Wang of China's Green Boat Emergency Rescue.
Several teams wandered into the dense jungle above the cave, desperately looking for new ones Openings that could lead to th The trapped boys
A team drilled into a 40-meter-long chimney that led to a muddy chamber that the governor described as "promising."
But there was still no indication
"We've turned our staff into the chimney since yesterday, they're inside … still looking and we're waiting for their discoveries," Surachai Thathes, head of the Northern Thailand's rescue team at the park, told AFP.
Another chimney was discovered nearby and helicopters with food, water and medical supplies were moved into the area
But the main priority was to try to reach the boys through the main entrance, Governor Narongsak
Earlier in the day, doctors and police staged training exercises to prepare for the fast and complex evacuation that will be required when and when the boys are found.
Stone-faced relatives kept watch under a makeshift tent near shrines where monks are led prayers near shrines full of offerings.
Tham Luang is one of Thailand's longest and most challenging caves, 10 kilometers (6 miles) long, with intricate winding paths and narrow corridors.
Officials said the boys knew it The location is good and has visited many times before, hoping that they could have walked to a large, airy chamber in the middle.
Rescuers found footprints and handprints in a chamber near this spot earlier this week, further from there the kids found football boots, rucksacks and bicycles.