The Chiang Rai provincial government, Narongsak Osatanakorn, later said the incident was a misunderstanding, and all that had happened was that a worker swooned after long hours without food. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy in the statements.
The governor has come under criticism for having mismanaged the rescue effort.
Thailand's Prime Minister also visited the cave on Friday and urged relatives not to give up hope. 19659002] "There must be faith, faith makes everything a success," said Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the country's military ruler, to families waiting in front of the cave. "Believe in the actions of officials, believe in our children, who are strong and strong, everything will return to normal."
The boys, ages 1
The authorities have nevertheless expressed hope that the group has found a dry place in the cave to wait and that they are healthy enough to stay alive
Muddy Floodwaters reached despite the days of efforts to drain the water, at the entrance of the cave Friday. Rescuers continued to work outside, trying to find hidden shafts in the green mountainside to gain access to the cave complex.
Rescuers are working to drill wells, hoping to drain the water, which may allow divers to penetrate flooded passages. Despite the hard work, the progress was at best unstable with no guarantee that the water would soon decline in the months leading up to the rainy season in Thailand.
Gov. Narongsak thanked people in Thailand and abroad for their support, including a US military rescue team and cave divers.