Kata Rocks
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Rescuers brave narrow passage in search for missing 13

Rescuers brave narrow passage in search for missing 13

CHIANG RAI: Rescuers in the flooded Tham Luang cave were today (July 2) trying to penetrate a very narrow passage to “Pattaya Beach”, an area of higher ground where the 13 missing people may be sheltering.

healthmilitarypolice
By Bangkok Post

Monday 2 July 2018, 01:14PM


Rescuers carry air tanks to support the search for 12 boys and their football coach trapped for almost ten days in Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai, yesterday night (July 1). Photo: Department National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Rescuers carry air tanks to support the search for 12 boys and their football coach trapped for almost ten days in Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai, yesterday night (July 1). Photo: Department National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said rescuers had manage to reach the “Sam Yak” three-way junction – and now the most critical section of the murky underground labyrinth lies ahead.

“This is today’s focus. The passage must be penetrated. It is very narrow... They have not yet reached ‘the (Pattaya) beach’,” Governor Narongsak said.

Turning left from Sam Yak, the passage ascends, drops steeply and then bends to the left – and is not yet accessible to foreign divers and their equipment, the governor said.

“Pattaya Beach” is about two kilometres from the divers’ forward command centre in the sprawling cave network’s third chamber – a total of roughly five kilometres from the main entrance of the cave in the Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Nong forest park in Thailand’s northernmost district of Mae Sai.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said in Bangkok that rescuers hoped to reach “Pattaya Beach” today – but the strong water current in the narrow passage presents a major obstacle.

All-out efforts continued to drain water from the cave and prevent fresh water from flowing into it, further raising the water level.

BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET

Above the cave, officials and volunteers were searching for shafts that might provide a back door into the cave.

“We are exploring 11 potential shafts today. The deepest one is 200 metres. If it goes down through, we will be very lucky,” the Chiang Rai governor said.

Meanwhile, the navy deployed 20 more “Seal” divers to the site, increasing their numbers to 84.

They were working together with about 230 policemen, 840 soldiers and dozens of rescuers and officials from countries around the globe to locate 12 young footballers aged 11-16 and their 26-year-old coach trapped by floodwaters deep underground.

The boys and their coach entered the cave after their football practice on June 23 – and the search mission entered its 10th day today.

Read original story here.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

freaking out people running around angry with long knife or any other weapon should not be accepted....(Read More)


Police begin hunt for foreign man over attacking dog

I would like to volunteer,-giving this deranged POS exactly the same treatment !...(Read More)


Running Empty: Water officials to splash B277mn on private sources as reservoirs fail to fill

A lot of water contract talks ( including 30% arrangements?). However, that will not grand Phuket wa...(Read More)


Running Empty: Water officials to splash B277mn on private sources as reservoirs fail to fill

Bang Wad water reservoir is ready for making it a beginners drive for golf players. The grass just n...(Read More)


PHUKET XTRA: VIDEO: Second Phuket water crisis? ’Peace walk’ monk returns! Dangerously sweet! || July 12

No, not a second water crisis. Phuket still remains in it's 'first' water crisis, as not...(Read More)


Surin Beach’s temporary lifeguards on hold until further notice

This article shows plainly that as long Cherng Talay Tambon Administration not gets a good Chief/May...(Read More)


After Phuket student killed by electrocution, officials assure public park areas are safe

The PEA always insist that the neutral wire be earthed at the breaker, that way any leakage will tri...(Read More)


Student killed by electrocution in Phuket public park under investigation

Always willing to do stuff after the incident, maintenance, doing stuff to prevent problems! Go roun...(Read More)


Student killed by electrocution in Phuket public park under investigation

As an electrician you only have to look at the state of power poles with bare wires, electric boxes ...(Read More)


Surin Beach’s temporary lifeguards on hold until further notice

Wow...shocking level of irresponsibility by the OrBorTor. How can this even happen? Actually, irre...(Read More)