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Missing Thai Soccer Team Finally Found Alive In Cave, But Now Rescuers Must Figure Out How To Free Them

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Evie Fordham Politics and Health Care Reporter

The Thai youth soccer team and coach who were found alive but trapped in a cave Monday are waiting for rescuers to decide how to deal with rising waters.

The 12 boys and the coach went exploring in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave network on June 23, but were forced up higher and higher when seasonal rains flooded its passages, reported CNN.

Two British divers found the boys in a dry chamber of the cave located more than a mile from where the group of 13 first entered. The divers accessed the chamber through a narrow channel, which is one of two rescue options for the boys. The team could also create an opening in the roof of the chamber where they are trapped and escape that way, reported CNN.

Rescue teams have been pumping water out of the cave to keep the boys’ chamber dry, but it is not enough to facilitate a rescue, reported BBC. (RELATED: Thai Parents Make Offerings To Spirit Of Mythical Princess After Flood Traps Youth Soccer Team In Cave)

The rescuers are going to teach the group how to scuba dive and send them a four-month supply of food, said Capt. Akanand Surawan of the Royal Thai Navy, according to CNN. The four-month figure cited by Surawan may refer to the end of the rainy season in October, when floodwaters will retreat from the cave’s passages.

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