Rescue police will drop dozens
of survival boxes containing
food, maps and mobile phones into
chimneys near the cave, hoping
they will reach the 13 persons
trapped there a week ago.
"Water being pumped out around the clock".
Rescue police will drop dozens of survival boxes
The boxes also contain messages which ask that the finder to phone the rescue team and tell them their location and the extent of their water and medical supplies.
The boxes will be dropped into waterways and open channels at Doi Pa Mee cliff near the cave with the hope that they will float to within reach of the missing group.
It is unclear whether the boxes contained flashlight as divers who operated inside the case said it was dark inside.
A group of 12 young football players and their assistant coach went missing in the cave which is in Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park last Saturday, triggering a massive search. They are believed to be trapped in the cave due to the flash floods that have hit the area.
The operations have been hampered by heavy rains that increased the level of muddy water in the cave, which has very low ceilings in places. The search is receiving help from foreign experts.
Rescue teams are desperately seeking alternative entrances into the cave to reach the boys. However, as the one-week marker of their cave entry approaches, the operation has not yet been able to locate them.
Authorities are hoping that the team sought shelter now in an area inside the cave nicknamed Pattaya Beach, with rescuers led by a Thai Navy SEAL team focused on reaching that site as soon as possible.
The Thai Water Well Association on Friday added its equipment to the battery of well diggers already in operation in the search for 12 footballers and their assistant coach lost in a flooded Chiang Rai cave since Saturday.
There were five mobile well-drilling units on the scene on Friday as officials selected optimum places to drill for subterranean watercourses to drain the cave faster.
But the underground water channels proved elusive. A vertical shaft dug Friday morning not far from an angled 70-metre hole excavated the previous day also turned up nothing.
Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said on Thursday it was not known how much floodwater there was in the cave because it was entering via multiple small holes throughout the massive cavern.
Water was being pumped out around the clock, he said, and in greater quantity thanks to a shift from textile pump tubes to PVC tubes.
The floodwater level at the cave entrance had dropped three centimetres by Thursday, Narongsak said.
Worried Prayut flying to cave site today to encourage families and rescue mission
PRIME MINISTER General Prayut Chan-o-cha will fly to Chiang Rai today to give encouragement to families and relatives of the 12 teen footballers and their assistant coach who have been trapped for days in a flooded cave in Mae Sai district, as well as to those officers, rescue workers and volunteers in the ongoing search and rescue operation.
The premier, worrying over the safety of the trapped youths, is scheduled to fly from the military airport in Don Muang district to the northern province at 7am, Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday.
Prayut wished to avoid distracting officials and workers from their duties, said Sansern, and so does not want a welcoming reception at the airport nor presentation of exclusive reports, said Sansern.
“If the premier has some questions, he would ask the officials himself,” Sansern said. He said the premier thanks the media for giving importance to this case and for keeping the public updated. Prayut also urges the media at the scene to follow the officials’ instructions, said Sansern.
Meanwhile national police Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda said he would fly to Chiang Rai later yesterday, along with Royal Thai Air Force chief ACM Jom Rungsawang and Chief of Defence Forces General Thanchaiyan Srisuwan to follow progress in the cave search operation.
Deputy National Police Chiefs Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakhan and Pol General Veerachai Songmetta, went to Chiang Rai on Tuesday to observe the mission, and Deputy National Police Commissioner Pol General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul followed suit the following day.