Thai boys found, still in danger

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Members of a youth soccer team and their coach have been found alive following nine days spent trapped in a cave in Thailand, per CNN's Kocha Olarn and Lauren Said-Moorhouse.

He says "supplying them on site may face challenges depending on how hard the dives are".

A rescuer makes his way down muddy steps past water pump hoses at the entrance to a cave complex where 12 soccer team members and their coach went missing, on July 2, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand. But the murky water is hard to navigate even for experienced divers.

"Any attempt to dive the boys and their coach out will not be taken lightly because there are significant technical challenges and risks to consider", The British Cave Rescue Council said.

Rescuers are now battling rising water to bring more supplies to the group.

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Thai rescue personnel arrive at the Tham Luang cave to conduct operations to find the missing members of the children's football team in a cave chamber along with their coach at the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai on 25 June 2018.

One of the boys asks when they will get out of the cave, to which the rescuer answers: "Not today. 10 days. You are very strong". "But the operation isn't over", he said in comments broadcast nationwide, referring to the complicated process of extricating them.

But the days-long rescue operation isn't over, as rescuers still need to figure out how to get the team out of the cave.

The group has experience in lifesaving rescues in Myanmar and Nepal, the embassy's statement said.

"They are all safe but the mission is not completed", Narongsak Osottanakorn, Chiang Rai governor, explained to the media.

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The Thai military said it is providing months worth of food and diving lessons to the boys, discovered kilometres into the pitch-black and waterlogged Tham Luang network of caves in the country's monsoon-drenched north.

Divers were still some way from the potential safety spot, called "Pattaya Beach" after one of Thailand's best known tourist destinations.

"We will take care of them until they can move", Narongsak told reporters, who applauded at the news, according to Agency France-Presse.

Other efforts focused on finding shafts on the mountainside that might serve as a back door to the blocked-off areas where the missing team was thought to be sheltering.

The length of the cave and the conditions that they're actually diving in means there are probably very few people on the planet who can actually get those provisions to them. That could take months, however, given that Thailand's rainy season typically lasts through October. Many, many people. We're the first. An official Australian group has now followed a U.S. military team, British cave experts, Chinese lifesaving responders and several other volunteer groups from various countries.

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Emergency packages have been dropped into cave shafts containing food, beverages, a phone, a flashlight, candles, a lighter and a map of the cave, in the hope the boys will be able to find them. Several fissures have been found and teams have explored some, although so far, none lead to the trapped boys.

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