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POST TIME: 8 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Conditions ‘perfect’ for evacuation of Thai boys in cave
AFP

Conditions ‘perfect’ for evacuation of Thai boys in cave

MAE SAI: Conditions are “perfect” to evacuate a young football team from a flooded Thai cave in the coming days before fresh rains and a possible rise in carbon dioxide further imperil the group, the rescue mission chief said yesterday, reports AFP.

The plight of 12 Thai boys and their coach from the “Wild Boar” football team has transfixed Thailand since they became trapped in a cramped chamber of the Tham Luang cave complex on June 23. Rescuers have conceded that evacuating the boys is a race against time with monsoon rains expected to undo days of round-the-clock drainage of the deluged cave. “Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are perfect (for evacuation) in terms of the water, the weather and the boys’ health,” Narongsak Osottanakorn the chief of the rescue operation told reporters.

“We have to make a clear decision on what we can do.”

While the oxygen level had stabilised he warned levels of “carbon dioxide are another factor” in considering when to move the group—in addition to impending rains, which could cover much of the muddy ledge on which the group are sheltering.

“The water level may rise to the area where the children are sitting and make the area less than 10 square meters,” he said, citing estimates from cave divers and experts.