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Rescuers battle challenging conditions trying to save 13 trapped in Thai cave

8 July 2018

Thai rescuers are fighting against difficult conditions as they try to save the 12 young football players and their coach who are trapped in a flooded mountain cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai. The rescue operation started immediately after the group became trapped. Because of the complicated environment of the cave, it takes divers 11 hours to reach the trapped boys. The divers must walk and dive while carrying oxygen tanks and supplies weighing about 40 kg. The trapped boys and their coach face a dwindling oxygen supply after two weeks in the cave. Rescuers continue to scramble against a long and complex cave system with strong water currents to deliver them supplies and ultimately rescue them. The navy is also cooperating with rescue teams sent by five other countries, including China, the United States, and the United Kingdom.