A team of British divers and the Thai Navy made a miraculous discovery on Monday as they reached a team of young soccer players trapped in an underwater cave system.
The incredible moment of salvation was captured on video. In the video – posted on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page – the 12 boys and their coach are seen in quite good condition. The team had been trapped in the cave for 10 days after venturing inside and being trapped by flood waters.
“Eat, eat, eat,” one of the boys is heard saying in the dramatic video.
The first two rescuers to reach the children are British divers John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, Bill Whitehouse, the vice chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council, told the New York Times. The venture to find the boys is largely the result of volunteer efforts from divers trained to venture into such conditions. The Thai cave is a popular spot to explore, but signs outside its entrance warn of dangers during the month of July.
The next step is deciding how to actually remove the children from the cave. Initially, the plan was to leave the children in the cave until the end of rainy season while providing food, water, and other supplies along the way. But the Thai Navy and the assisting British dive team believe it’s wiser and safer to remove the children via SCUBA in the coming days.
Stay tuned for more information on this developing story.
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