A dozen boys and their soccer coach are trapped inside a cave after a heavy rainstorm flooded the entrance. Navy SEAL divers have been called in to find and rescue them.
The cave is located in Thailand and is known as the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province, which borders Malaysia. Rescue efforts have been complicated because water must first be pumped out of the cave before they can attempt to locate the team.
According to Fox News, divers can’t yet get underground because not enough water has been pumped out to give breathing space. The rescue personnel have been working day and night, through all hours and conditions.
"I want to confirm to the media that the SEAL team will be working nonstop because it's already dark here too," said Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda. "So night and day doesn't make a big difference. They'll just need to rotate."
The ages of the children range from 11 to 16. According to Reuters, family members have gathered outside the cave to pray, making offerings to spirits they believe protect the cave and the forest.
Rain continues to fall heavily in the area. Divers have been forced to suspend their search several times. Alternative ways to enter into the cave have been considered, including the use of helicopters. The thought is that perhaps another hole might exist that would allow them to get into the cave and save the children.
"We hope that the water level has gone down, but we will have to see," said Navy Lt. Naponwath Homsai Tuesday morning. "Today we will try to find passages under the water that hopefully will lead to other chambers."
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