The search for a missing Thai youth football team has arrived on the seventh day, raising fears for the boys and their coach. The team hiked into the Tham Luang Nan Non Cave on June 23 and was trapped by rising tides. The Wild Boars team consists of 12 boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25 year old coach.
The team had explored the caves in the past, a popular hiking destination for tourists and locals. They started their walk around 1pm. Local time this Saturday. Hours later, a park attendant in Chiang Rai Province noticed that his bikes were chained at the entrance to the caves long after the park closed, alerting the authorities, CNN said. Due to heavy rains, floods had risen in the cave, potentially cutting off the team's only escape route and making access to the cave more difficult for rescuers.
The Thai government has made great efforts to find the missing boys. They have asked United States military search and rescue teams and UK underwater cave experts to locate the boys and their trainer, TIME reported Thursday. Thai Navy SEALS divers have swum three miles into the cave while drones have swept the six-mile stretch of the cave for heat signatures. [1
With each passing day, fears about the survival of the young have intensified.
"Physically it's not a hard cave, it's just very long and it has big passages, small passages," said Vernon Unsworth, British cave expert and resident of Chiang Rai to CNN, "It's not hard, but when the kids The floods from the other end will get through and the rain will not make it any easier. "
The mud, the flood and the narrow passages in the cave have been proven difficult for self-trained divers, [19459005TheNewYorkTimes reported on Friday. The Tham Luang Caves are a vast network of passages and possible drying chambers, with signs warning visitors not to go there during the rainy season.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited the rescue center Friday and told families that had disappeared from the caves camped to have confidence, CBS News reported on Friday.