Rescuers in northern Thailand on Tuesday raced against time and an ominous monsoon season to extricate a youth soccer team trapped in partially flooded cave ahead of heavy rains forecast later this week.
Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said some of the players can’t swim, further complicating the arduous task of a rescue. He said the kids, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach might need to don scuba gear for parts of their escape.
The Thai rainy season is peaking, and long periods of persistent downpours can be expected into November. Water levels in the cave complex are expected to rise.
“The evacuation must speed up,” Anupong told the Bangkok Post. “Diving gear will be used. If the water rises, the task will be difficult. We must bring the kids out before then.”
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