Trapped boys in Thai cave write touching letters to parents

Frederick Owens
July 9, 2018

An addendum to coach Ake was included: "And for coach Ake, thank you for looking after the boys and led them to stay safely during the time of living in darkness". His death underscores the difficulty of training boys who have not learned to swim and have no experience with diving equipment to make a six-hour trip through conditions that challenge very experienced divers.

Romagnoli also says the miners he helped rescue were familiar with being in confined spaces, which he says is a key psychological difference to the Thai cave situation. At this time though, diving is the only possible method of escape, even though cave rescue experts warn it is extremely risky even for those with experience.

The unexpected order came a day after the rescue mission chief said conditions were ideal for the evacuation to begin, and as fears mount that coming rains could thwart the plan.

After a short deluge of rain on Saturday night and with more bad weather forecast, Narongsak on Sunday said authorities had to act immediately.

Rescuers have conceded that evacuating the boys is a race against time with monsoon rains expected to undo days of around-the-clock drainage of the deluged cave.

"We have to try everything", a spokesman quoted by The Guardian said when asked about the rescue plan for the boys. "Finding the boys doesn't mean we've finished our mission". Earlier efforts to pump out water from the cave have been set back every time there has been a heavy downpour.

"We hope for nothing but the best outcome for the trapped children, their families, and the worldwide team involved in the rescue operations, and would like to thank the many members who have offered suggestions or volunteered to assist". The letters were made public Friday. I've told Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken.

"What we worry most is the weather", Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn told The Associated Press.

Another wrote: "Nick loves Mum and Dad and siblings".

On Saturday morning, the Thai Navy SEAL posted on its Facebook page scribbled notes by the youngsters. Dad and mom love you.

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"Don't worry, I'm fine. Teacher, don't give us lots of homework!"

The group is stuck in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Mai Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, after water rose and cut off their exit.

This is the monsoon season, and when heavy rains return, they could send a pulse of floodwaters through the cave complex, endangering the group.

A former Thai navy diver has died after losing consciousness after taking in supplies to the Thailand cave where twelve boys and their football coach are trapped.

"To all the parents, all the kids are still fine".

Technology guru Elon Musk, who is consulting on possible rescue methods, tweeted that he was considering "a tiny, kid-size submarine" for a rescue. "I love you", wrote 11-year-old Chanintr Wiboonroongruang (Titan).

But he warned "the problem is beyond the T-junction, where the water level is quite high".

On Friday, Thai officials said the boys were working to build up their strength, but were not yet ready to navigate their way through small underwater passages - which can reportedly take an experienced diver around five hours.

"We did an assessment and we think it is quite unsafe at this point to bring them out".

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