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    Rescue operation launched to help 11 footballers and a coach trapped inside a flooded

    Rescue workers are trying to rescue a soccer team and their coach who have been trapped inside a flooded cave in Chiang Raiís Mae Sai district since Saturday evening.


    It was reported that the 11 footballers of Tambon Pong Pha aged between 13-15 and their coach went inside the Luang Nang Non cave in Tham Luang-Khunnam Nang Non national park after finishing their weekly training.


    11 bicycles and a motorbike were found at the mouth of the cave by park officials at about 7 am on Saturday night. Some backpacks and soccer shoes were found in a few baskets attached to the bicycles.


    The park officials then contacted soccer team head in Tambon Pong Pha to the cave to examine the belongings whether they belong to his teamís. The team chief told the park officials that his boys and the coach went into the cave and could not get out after water from heavy rains flooded the cave entrance, adding that he had sought help from a rescue team from Mae Sai district.


    The team arrived at the cave but had to pull back afterward because they didnít have the diving gears to get into the cave.


    The same team returned this morning (Sunday) with their gears to begin their search and rescue mission.

    Rescue operation launched to help 11 footballers and a coach trapped inside a flooded cave - Thai PBS English News
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    Rescue operation hits snag due to lack of equipment

    Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn went to Thamluang-Khunnam Nang non park in Mae Sai district to supervise the search and rescue operations to help 11 footballers and one coach trapped inside the flooded cave since Saturday night.



    The cave which is about three kilometers long was reported to be flooded with swollen water from a creek following heavy rains on Saturday.



    The 12 victims are believed to be still alive and trapped inside the innermost part of the cave where it is believed to be not flooded.


    Members of the police, the military, rescue units and foreign volunteers who are specialized in cave diving have been mobilized to rescue the trapped victims. But the rescue operation has hit a snag due to a shortage of necessary equipment.


    The footballers of Tam Pong Pha and their coach went into the cave on Saturday after they finished their training. They left 11 bicycles and one motorbike at the entrance of the cave.


    However, while they were inside the cave, heavy rains struck the park, causing a creek to swell and flood the cave, trapping them inside.


    Rescue operation hits snag due to lack of equipment - Thai PBS English News

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    Blimey.

    Good luck to them. They must be a bit peckish by now.

    Not to mention the fear of dying a long, cold, wet, miserable death.

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    Fears for youth football team trapped in Thai cave

    A dozen members of a youth football team have gone missing and are believed to be trapped in a cave in northern Thailand.
    A major search and rescue operation is under way in a race against time to find them before the cave floods.
    Police said that local authorities, police and rescue workers were working with divers to look for 12 boys aged 11 to 15, as well as their 25-year-old coach.

    Image:Relatives have been nervously waiting for news at the scene
    They are believed to have entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province late on Saturday afternoon.
    The group became trapped when a heavy rainstorm flooded a stream at the cave's entrance.
    Police chief Komsan Saardluan said parts of the cave, which is an estimated to be four to five miles long, get flooded to a height of up to 5m (16.5ft) during the rainy season, which runs from June to October.
    Thai television showed footage of bikes and backpacks left at the cave entrance.

    Image:Bikes and backpacks belonging to the footballers were left at the cave's entrance
    ThaiPBS television reported that the team members came from various schools in the province and are thought to have been practising before going to the park where the cave is located.
    The search began at about midnight on Saturday after police https://news.sky.com/story/fears-for...415412received a report of a missing child from a mother.

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    Jeepers! Hopefully the coach got them to a high spot.

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    ^Yes. What the heck was he doing leading them in there in the first place, though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    ^Yes. What the heck was he doing leading them in there in the first place, though?
    I guess it's a common tourist exploration spot...but dependant on the weather, obviously!
    Lets hope the rain stops altogether for a few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    ^Yes. What the heck was he doing leading them in there in the first place, though?
    Hopefully not a Jimmy Saville.

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    Bit more info from the BP:

    The cave is located in the Thaluang-Khun Nam Nang Non National Park in tambon Pong Pha of Mae Sai district, about one kilometre from the Mae Sai-Chiang Rai road. The cave is famous for its stalactites...

    Please credit and share this article with others using this link:https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/gen...earch-underway. View our policies at http://goo.gl/9HgTd and http://goo.gl/ou6Ip. © Post Publishing PCL. All rights reserved.
    Can't imagine what those parents (and the kids themselves, if they're still alive) are going through up there.

    Another update: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1492086/divers-enter-flooded-cave-in-search-of-missing-students


    Last edited by kmart; 25-06-2018 at 02:01 PM.

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    Search continues for missing teenagers in flooded Chiang Rai cave


    The desperate search continued on Tuesday for 12 children and their coach from a local football team who went missing in a Chiang Rai flooded cave on Saturday afternoon.

    Rescue teams planned on Tuesday to search to the end of the limestone cave that is believed to be the fourth longest cave in Thailand.


    So far, searchers have found children’s slippers, footprints and palm prints on the wall of the cave.


    Rescue teams have pumped water out of the cave into a nearby reservoir to assist divers led by Thai Navy’s SEAL unit.
    For the past three days divers have searched through muddy waters as levels have risen following heavy rains.

    They have drilled the cave’s walls into two separate halls as part of the ongoing search at Tham LuangKhunnam Nang Non National Park.



    The missing children, aged between 13 and 16, are members of the local football team, the Mu Pa Academy Mae Sai football club.


    The teenagers went into the cave with the team’s deputy coach Ekkapon Intawongse, 25, as part of their training. They had food, water and first aid kits.


    The team’s head coach, Nopparat Kantawongse said on Monday that this was the third time the team had made the trip into the cave. He said he was confident that Ekkapon would take good care of the children because he is part of the medical staff for the team.


    Search continues for missing teenagers in flooded Chiang Rai cave

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    Thai teenage football team trapped in cave may be 'still alive'


    Thailand's deputy PM has said he is optimistic a group of young footballers trapped inside a cave are still alive, as the search enters a third day.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44610972

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    Sure hope they find those kids soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Thailand's deputy PM has said he is optimistic
    Optimism based on what DPM?
    Nothing. You're full of shit. Say "hopeful" as we all are, don't be the big man with superior knowledge unless you have information that gives optimism? No, you don't, so stop grandstanding on the plight of these poor kids.

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    Underwater robot and drones join the search of missing youth football team today

    As rescue teams which included special team from Sweden began the search of 13 members of a youth football team went missing in the over 10-kilometre long cave in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai since last Saturday, the Royal Thai Air Force today flew a C130 plane from Don Mueang military airport to the scene with a 13-member crew along with a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) or robot and two drones to help in the search underwater and in the air.


    The robot was invented by the King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok.


    The plane arrived at Chiang Rai airport late this morning with a 13-member crew to operate the tethered underwater mobile device, and drones.


    The ROV has two robotic arms and equipped with a video camera and lights. It is also added with several eequipment to expand the vehicle’s capabilities, including sonars, magnetometers, a still camera, a manipulator or cutting arm, water samplers, and instruments that measure water clarity, water temperature, water density, sound velocity, light penetration, and temperature.


    The rescue team began the search again at dawn after over 60 hours since the football team was trapped in the cave.
    Today’s operation will centre on a high ground area where the Navy Seal teams believed could be the place where the football team might escape to from the rising water to take shelter.


    It is about 500 metres from the farthest place where the Navy Seal team could reach yesterday.


    But Navy Seal commander Captain Capt Anant Surawan said although the Navy Seal rescuers were just 500 metres from the place, it is not easy to access to because it is submerged under deep water.


    Rescuers have to dive in order to access the place, he said.


    Meanwhile Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda also flew to Chiang Rai today to inspect the situation and supervise the overall rescue operation.


    Yesterday’s the rescue operation has been suspended temporarily after the increasing flood in the cave obstructed the Navy Seal rescuers from going further inside the Tham Luang Khun Nang Non cave.


    He recalled two risks that the rescuers was the sand that blocked the narrow channel which they have to dive through.
    The second risk is the water which submerges the walkway.


    “We had to dive in the darkness and could not see each other even we were so close. We did not know the end of the way that we had to dive through. We had to spare oxygen for the way back to return to the entrance. It is too risky. We need to suspend the operation,” he said.


    But he said that the SEAL team could reach the main hall inside the cave after 15 hours of the search operation but they had to retreat and the operation is temporarily halted after the intense and hard operation.


    They were covered with mud, carrying oxygen tanks while leaving the cave with the back-up rescue teams. They will adjust the plan to find another way to reach the missing youths, believed to stay deep further from the main hall.


    The mission yesterday found traces of the missing football team, fingerprints and ropes. It is believed they moved inside to escape increasing water and now should stay at the end of the cave, he added.


    Underwater robot and drones join the search of missing youth[at] football team today - Thai PBS English News

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    a youth football team went missing in the over 10-kilometre long cave
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    The cave which is about three kilometers long
    Well which one is it?

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    It seems they have a sanitary & garbage problem with all the journos and rubberneckers and large number of military

    They will just blame the last coachloads of Chinese

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    Hard to imagine that there'll be any good news at this stage.

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    How many can swim, how many will put their heads under the water to save their lives if that's the plan?

    Have any Thai navy divers turned up yet?

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    They've got British cave diving expert on the team

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...-trapped-thai/

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    The princess, (the sick one), has given 500,000 baht to help fund rescue efforts.
    Sad that it requires charity to save kids. Where's Prayut on this? His deputy just says he's optimistic. Optimism doesn't help.

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    If they get rescued or not, what happens to all cash donated?

    Honestly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Pat View Post
    If they get rescued or not, what happens to all cash donated?

    Honestly.
    Well, it's a bad time to talk about corruption, but....who'd be surprised that the leader of rescue operations ends up with a new car?

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    US, UK and Laos assist in soccer team rescue operation in Chiang Rai

    CHIANG RAI, 28 June 2018 (NNT) - The United States and Laos have deployed officials at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province to assist in the search for the missing members of a youth soccer team.

    The Embassy of the United States in Thailand delivered a statement expressing its concern for the missing soccer team and the rescue operation currently underway. It announced that the US has deployed a search and rescue team from its Pacific based armed forces to assist in the rescue operation, as requested by the Royal Thai Government.

    Furthermore, rescue officials from the Lao PDR have arrived at the site to contribute due to their familiarity with the cave as well as cave rescue experts from the UK.

    Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan confirmed that the US has deployed 30 officers along with equipment to penetrate the cave walls. He added that officials have yet to find the missing 13, but continue to pump water out of the cave.

    Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda and various heads of the military have taken turns visiting the site to oversee the operation and provide moral support.

    Spokesperson to the Prime Minister’s Office, Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, revealed that Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has set up a coordination center to receive updates from local officials. The premier also urged media agencies providing coverage of the rescue to be sensitive to the parties involved as well as the country’s image.

    The 12 boys and their soccer coach are believed to have entered the cave last Saturday.


    National News Bureau Of Thailand | US, UK and Laos assist in soccer team rescue operation in Chiang Rai

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    The premier also urged media agencies providing coverage of the rescue to be sensitive to the parties involved as well as the country’s image.
    WTF.
    "Lets get these boys rescued, but at all costs don't tarnish Thailand's reputation. Don't let the world know if we fail."
    Wanker.

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