Divers search for missing schoolboy football team and coach trapped in flooded cave in Thailand

An urgent search and rescue operation has resumed to save 12 missing members of a school football team and their coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.

The boys’ bikes and football boots were found at the mouth of the Tham Luang caves, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, after they went missing late on Saturday.

They are believed to have been trapped by rising waters inside the cave network, deep inside a mountain, when heavy rain hit.

Members of a navy seal unit including a team of divers, are searching the cave system.

The team went down to a depth of 5 metres (16 feet) and found a large chamber … but we’ve found no trace of the children, the navy unit said on its Facebook page.

A navy commander overseeing the search said he was hopeful the 12 boys, aged 11-16 and their 25-year-old coach would be rescued.

I believe they’re all still alive but they might be exhausted … we should get good news today, Rear Admiral Arparkorn Yookongkaew told Reuters.

People wanting to explore the cave are meant to get permission. Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season when caves can flood.

News Source MirrorNews

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