REPORT: Why rescue of Thailand youth soccer team and coach could take months

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Rescue workers in Thailand who successfully located the 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave for 10 days are now working on how to successfully get them out, as officials fear it might take months for the flood waters to subside.

Rescuers have to decide whether the group is capable of learning how to use diving gear in their weakened state or wait for the water levels to recede, the military said according to BBC.

According to the report, from the operations center in the third chamber to where the group was found, it takes about three hours to get there and three hours to come back. The article goes on to state the following:

Rescuers supplied the group with energy gels to tide them over as officials formulate a plan, Reuters reported. But the team may need to be supplied with food for up to the next four months, the military said.

The team entered the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai province, located in the northern part of the country on June 23 after soccer practice, but became trapped when heavy rains flooded key passages.

Divers located them about 300-400 yards past a section of the cave that was on higher ground and was thought to be where the team members and their coach may have taken shelter, Thai provincial governor Narongsak Osatanakorn said.

Two British divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, were the first to reach the boys, according to Reuters. When a boy from the team asked when they can exit the cave, a rescuer responded “Not today. You have to dive.”

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