Rescue Crew Wrestles with Decision to Bring Kids Out Before Monsoon Rains Flood the Cave

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July 07, 2018Jul 07, 2018

The twelve boys and their soccer coach, who have been stuck in a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks, have arrived at a prime moment to be extracted from the cave, according to reports.

The plan would involve bringing them out of the cave the same way they entered, using a “buddy diving system,” said Narongsak Osatanakorn, a Thai official in charge of the rescue, according to ABC News. The rescue effort could commence as early as this weekend.

Conditions have not been more favorable than now. The oxygen levels are still agreeable. The boy’s health and stamina are better after receiving food and water, and the monsoon rains have not yet returned for the moment. Osatanakorn said that conditions were “perfect” to evacuate them, according to Fox News

"Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are perfect (for evacuation) in terms of the water, the weather and the boys' health," he said.

“We have to make a clear decision on what we can do.”

In the meantime, the boys wrote letters to their family members, which were delivered out of the cave by Thai Navy SEALs. The soccer coach also penned one, apologizing for taking their kids into the cave following a soccer tournament victory.

“I love you mom, I love you dad, and my brother too,” wrote Nick, 15. “When I get out, I want to go have a pork barbecue.”

His friend Bew, 14, wrote, “Don’t worry, I just disappeared for two weeks. “I’ll help you with your shop every day, I will hurry out of here.”

The Thai Navy SEALs, who have been accompanying the boys inside the cave, wrote on Facebook that “the kids said ‘don’t worry,’ everyone is strong, they have a long list of food they want to eat when they get outside.

“They ask that their teachers won’t give them much homework when they come back,” the SEAL post reads.

Please continue to pray for the boys and the rescue team, that they will all arrive safely out of the cave. Find out more about the plight of the boys in how much the oxygen levels could affect their rescue.