Thai Cave Rescue New Details: 12 Boys and Coach Are Still Trapped – One Navy SEAL Diver Dies and Elon Musk Offers his Help (VIDEO)

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After 10 days trapped in a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, and after an enormous search effort that had transfixed Thailand, the missing 12 boys and their soccer coach had finally been found in Tham Luang Cave on Monday. The rescue operation continues and the first death has been reported. 

Keep on reading Nexter.org to know the incredible story.

UPD July 6: One diver dies

The boys and football coach trapped inside a cave in Thailand face many obstacles if they attempt to dive out of the cave before the next monsoon hits the country.

The many challenges the young boys and their coach would have to face if authorities decided to guide them out of the cave via diving and swimming through the tunnel.

The rescue efforts have involved hundreds of people including Thailand’s police, military, air force, and navy SEALs, as well as international divers. But their efforts were hampered by the same rains that trapped the soccer players in the first place.

Source: Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

Unfortunately, a Navy SEAL working with an international rescue team to save a soccer team stuck in a cave in Thailand has died, local authorities said. The diver, identified as Saman Kunan, died from lack of oxygen at 1 a.m. on Friday.

Thai SEALs have praised Kunan for volunteering to help the rescue efforts and said they will continue and “won’t let our colleagues die for nothing.”

UPD July 6: Elon Musk wants to help

Elon Musk says he is “happy to help” with the rescue of the Thai soccer team stuck inside a cave.

A Twitter user asked the Tesla, SpaceX, and Boring Company CEO whether he could provide any assistance with the recovery of the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach who have been stuck in a Thai cave for nearly two weeks, and Musk replied in the affirmative a few hours later.

As for now, Thai authorities and representatives for Elon Musk are discussing the possibility of using resources from Musk’s companies to help rescue the boys.

According to the publication, Musk may offer Tesla’s Powerwall home batteries or technology from SpaceX or The Boring Company to help locate and rescue the team, though Thai officials have not announced whether they will use Musk’s resources.

Our prayers are with boys and all people who try to help them.

10 days in a trap 

The group had been the focus of a search-and-rescue operation ever since the boys and their coach went into the cave complex after soccer practice on June 23 and were caught inside by rising floodwaters. The boys range in age from 11 to 16, and their coach is 25. While the cave is a popular spot to visit, a sign outside warns that in the rainy months starting in July, it is unsafe to go inside.

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The missing boys, with their coach, are seen here in a photo taken from the coach’s Facebook page.

Rescuers at the scene outside Chiang Rai in northern Thailand cheered, exchanged high fives and slapped each others’ backs as it emerged that British cave divers had made contact with the boys deep within the cave complex, after navigating tight, flooded passages to reach them.

The two British divers who were the first to reach the boys were John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, both experts on cave rescues, according to Bill Whitehouse, the vice chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council.

The Thai Navy released a on Facebook apparently showing the moment the group were found. In the almost 5-minute clip, the boys are illuminated by torchlight while a diver can be heard speaking to them.

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In the tape of the encounter, one of the British rescuers asks, in English, how many were in the group. Thirteen, the boys report. “Thirteen, brilliant!” the diver replies – the number accounts for the entire missing party.

The next challenge will be getting the soccer team out of the flooded cave in their weakened condition and without scuba training.

“We will drain all water out from the cave then we will take all 13 people out of the cave. We are now planning how to send (a) nurse and doctor inside the cave to check their health and movement. We will work all night,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of the local region Chiang Rai, said.

“I’d expect these children to be physically in fairly rough shape, and psychologically terrified,” said Dr. Eric Lavonas, an emergency physician and trained diving medicine specialist from Denver Health Medical Center and a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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Source: Getty Images

The dazed boys, unaware of how long they’ve been trapped deep underground, ask what day it is. “It’s Monday, you have been here 10 days, 10 days,” the rescuer replies. “You are very strong, very strong. We come, ok, we come.”

The boys repeatedly tell them, in Thai, that they’re hungry and need food. The rescuer replies that a Thai Navy SEAL team will come, along with “food and doctors and everything.”

Family members greeted the news with relief and tears of happiness, punching the air when they heard that their boys were alive.


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