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 plagued by torrential downpours that sunken tunnels near the entrance blocked divers from moving on.
But Navy SEAL divers almost reached a T-junction in the depths of the cave, only two or three kilometers (one to two miles) from where the boys are believed, "said Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn.  Divers reached the same spot earlier in the week, but were thrown back by rushing floods
The water level inside the complex tunnel labyrinth finally sank thanks to dozens of pumps They started to empty the ponds, although the rain was near the border between Myanmar and Laos kept burning.
"The situation is better today than yesterday and the day before. Water has dropped considerably and we are pumping water in all the chambers (near the entrance), "Narongsak told reporters.
When the search for the boy reached its seventh day, attention turned to her chances of survival in a cave with little  The group probably has access to fresh water – either through the rocks or through the entrance – but experts warn that runoff from nearby farms could carry dangerous chemicals or bacteria  "When they drink the water in the caves and it Making them sick might speed up the problem, but if they do not drink, they're in trouble too, "explains AFP's Anmar Mirza, coordinator of the US National Cave Rescue Commission.
But even without food, he said, boy "Athletic boys could easily live for a month or a half months," but the biggest challenge now would be mental en
"The biggest problem that they are facing right now is when they are alive psychologically, because they do not know at what point they could be rescued," Mirza said in a telephone interview from the Indiana state.
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The dramatic, weeklong salvation has enchanted the nation and the entire world, causing Emotional Creeks online by well-wishers praying for their safe return.
Cartoon images of smiling boys found by the divers circulated along with messages for the team, such as "Stay Strong, We're Coming".
Teams of foreign experts, including more than 30 US military personnel, have descended to some 1,000 Thai rescuers on remote mountain terrain.
Australian, Chinese and Japanese experts also joined.
Several teams moved into the dense jungle The cave was desperately searching for new openings that could lead to the trapped boys.
One group drilled into a 40-meter-long chimney that led to a muddy chamber that the governor described as "promising" . But there was no indication that it was related to the main cave complex.
"We've turned our bar into the chimney since yesterday, they're inside … still looking and we're waiting for their discoveries," Surachai Thithes, chief of the rescue team at the Park Ministry for Northern Thailand, told AFP
But the The main priority was to try to reach the boys through the main entrance, Governor Narongsak said.
Earlier in the day, medics and police staged exercises to prepare for the rapid and complex evacuation that is required when and when the boys are found.
Stone-faced relatives kept watch in a makeshift tent near shrines where monks conduct prayers.
Stretching 10 kilometers (six miles and with intricate meandering lanes and narrow aisles, Tham Luang is one of Thailand's longest and hardest caves to navigate.
Officials said the boys know the location well and many Having visited times before, hoping that you might have wandered to a large, airy chamber in the center called Pattaya Beach.
Rescuers found footprints and handprints in a chamber near this spot earlier in the week, farther from there they found
The desperate search for the team was beset by torrential downpours, the tunnels near the entrance submerged
map of Thailand with a cave where schoolchildren have been trapped for days.  Water level in the labyrinth The construction of tunnels was eventually stopped by dozens of pumps, which were used to drain the pools
A team of British cave divers explored an opening in the mountain above the cave complex, desperately looking for new openings that could lead to captive boys