- From a medical standpoint, the 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach are not well enough to be moved from the Thailand cave they’re trapped in on Thursday, according to a report from CNN.
- According to a Thai Navy SEAL, oxygen is being pumped into the cave to aid in their recovery, CNN reports.
- Also per CNN, two of the boys and the coach are exhausted and malnourished.
- With rain and flooding on the forecast, the pressure to rescue the boys is on.
It would be unsafe to rescue the 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the Thailand cave they’re trapped in, a Thai Navy SEAL told CNN, because they’re too weak to survive the rescue.
The same SEAL, who is not authorized to officially speak to the media, told the outlet that oxygen is being pumped into the chamber of the cave where the team is currently trapped.
According to a separate doctor’s report obtained by CNN, two of the boys and the coach are exhausted and malnourished.
The group has been underground for 12 days after becoming trapped in the cave during a flash flood.
Rescuers have been working to drain the water out of the cave as rain looms on the forecast.
Currently, 20 pumps are draining flood waters from the cave. As a result, water levels have been reduced by about 40% in some areas. But challenges remain with 1.5 miles of the tunnel full with water and heavy monsoon rain expected this weekend.
If this works, rescuers hope that so much water will be drained that the boys will be able to walk out of the cave.
If not, it seems that there are three other ways to get the group out of the cave: teach them to swim with scuba gear, they could be “packaged” and pulled out by divers, or kept with supplies for the remainder of monsoon season — which is expected to last four more months.
For now, aids are sending the boys nutritional gels and easy to digest foods, along with medical supplies to treat injuries, according to Al Jazeera.
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