Rescue postponed for soccer kids trapped in cave

Tanya Simon
July 8, 2018

The fourth letter from the Thai boys stuck in a cave included messages from Mongkol "Mark" Boonpiam, 14, and Panumas "Mick" Saengdee, 13.

"Those unrelated to the rescue operation, please evacuate the area immediately". A moment of panic in a narrow, flooded passage could spell disaster.

Officials say they have a window of up to four days before rains will make the rescue more hard. The monsoon rains are expected to begin in the region within a day.

Earlier efforts to pump out water from the cave have been set back every time there was heavy rain.

"The kids are healthy, coherent, having fun, playing with each other - they have some minor cuts and minor injuries only", Narongsak Osatanakorn, the Thai official in charge of the rescue operation, told reporters Saturday.

"When we're in a confined space if the oxygen drops to 12 per cent the human body starts to slow down and people can fall unconscious", Narongsak said.

"Some are as deep as 400 metres. but they still can not find their location yet", Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, adding the mission lacked the technology "to pinpoint where they are staying". It is only a small battle we've won, but the war has not ended.

This rescue attempt appears extremely imminent.

The coach of the youth football team that has been trapped in a cave in Thailand for the past two weeks has sent his "apologies" to the parents of the boys in a scrawled note handed to divers.

The boys sounded calm and reassuring in handwritten notes to their families that were made public Saturday.

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"Don't worry, we are all strong", one child said in a note. "If I get out please take me to a pork barbecue place. I believe you can do it", a mother wrote.

On Friday, Thai Navy SEAL chief Rear Adm. Aphakorn Yoo-kongkaew said oxygen levels in the cave had dropped to 15%, a level that one Thai medic said posed a serious risk of hypoxia, the same condition that causes altitude sickness. "I love everyone!" wrote Pheerapat, nicknamed "Night", who turned 16 underground.

"I can guarantee that three to four days from now is the most favourable time for the operation and rescue mission using one of the action plans".

"I sincerely hope that they will be able to join us at the final, which will undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration".

The 12 boys and their coach were found alive in the Tham Luang caves after a 10-day search. Thai authorities are racing to pump out water from the flooded cave before more rain is forecast to hit the northern region.

"To all the parents, all the kids are still fine. I promise to take the very best care of the kids", he said. "I want to say thanks for all the support and I want to apologize to the parents", he wrote. The situation has become more urgent over the last 24 hours due to oxygen levels dropping inside the cave. The boys and their coach are accompanied by several Thai navy SEAL divers.

His comment came in sharp contrast to his pronouncement just 12 hours earlier, when he said the boys were not ready for such an arduous task.

He also wrote to his own family members - an aunt and his grandmother - asking them not to worry too much about him. Gen. Chalongchai Chaiyakam, says the most pressing mission now is to provide an air line to reach the team.

Tragic Saman Kunan, 38, died from a lack of oxygen as he left air tanks along a potential exit route. On Friday, Tesla founder Elon Musk said he was sending teams from his SpaceX company and Boring Co. engineering firm, which is developing tunneling systems.

They are hoping an upgraded draining effort can lower the water in an area where it is still at or near the ceiling.

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