The rescue operation of trapped 12 Thai soccer boys and their coach from a flooded cave has begun. The rescue team entered the cave today at 10:00 am local time. The trapped boys and their family members were informed about the operation. The operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told this to the reporters.
He said to the reporters that the rescue process of the first team is expected to take 11 hours. They are expecting to be able to get their first team out at 9 pm local time.
Chiang Rai province Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn mentioned this day as the `D-Day` and said “The water levels in the cave had reached their lowest levels yesterday. If we don’t start now, we might lose the chance.” He said they will continue the mission until the last one is out.
According to the Governor, the boys are very fit physically and mentally and they are determined and focused. The boys and their coach will have a "pair" of divers each.
Narongsak said that 13 foreign divers and five from the Thai Navy are involved in the rescue mission.
Before the operation started, people who were not involved in the rescue work were evacuated from the cave area. Ambulances have been prepared at the entrance of the cave.
A Thai army spokesman said it could take three to four days to complete the rescue operation. He said that the operation will depend on the weather. But Governor Narongsak said “We want to end the rescue operation as soon as possible. But it will depend on the weather.”