AFTER miraculously finding 12 young soccer players and their coach alive 9 days after they went missing deep within Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non cave in northern Chiang Rai province last night, Thai Seals and divers from other countries have taken food and medicine to them, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported today (July 3, 2018).
A psychology specialist is also with them to take care of their mental health.
According to the plan, Thai Seals and British and American divers will start teaching the young schoolboys and their coach swimming and diving tomorrow or the day after.
According to an overall estimation of the situation which takes the health of the 13 trapped victims and cave conditions into consideration, it will be at least 2 days before they can be brought out.
Divers from China have taken over the duty of installing a conveyor belt across the flooded and muddy waterway to take essential goods to the cave, and are also running a rope through the middle for the schoolboys and their coach to grab onto when they come out.
A standby plan has been worked out in case the cave gets fully flooded again with the rescue party sending in and storing enough food for 3 to 4 days for the 12 boys and their coach plus the Seals and divers who are with them to consume.
The rescuers have already taken 70 oxygen tanks in and are taking 30 more there for the 12 boys and their coach to use in getting out. Each one would need at least 4 tanks and for children they will be smaller in keeping with the weight they can carry.
Top and below: Three British divers found the 12 young soccer players and their coach with 2 of them Richard William Stanton, left wearing black T-shirt , and John Volanthen, wearing a red raincoat, shown in these 2 pictures. Robert Charles Harper was not present when they were taken. Photos: Matichon
In-text: The schoolboys and their coach when they were found last night. Photo: Matichon