Thai cave teens have been found, but rescuing them won’t be easy


So much water has already been pumped out from the caves that it has flooded farms nearby, The Bangkok Post reported.

Two British divers, John Volanthen and Rick Stanton, were first to reach the boys on Monday evening, according to Bill Whitehouse, the vice chairman of the British Cave Rescue Council.

“Thank you,” the boys cried out when they first saw the rescuers.

“How many of you?” one of the rescuers asks. “13?”

“Yes, 13,” one of them says.

“Brilliant,” the rescuer replies.

“I am very happy,” said one of the boys to the rescuers.

Relatives of the boys along with the coach of their soccer league have stayed in tents outside the caves through the rainy weather, waiting for updates from rescuers.

“I want to give him a hug. I miss him very much. In these 10 days, how many million seconds does it have, I do miss him every second,” Tham Chanthawong, the aunt of the trapped coach, said Tuesday.

Image: A team of Thai divers
A team of Thai divers inspects a water-filled tunnel.Royal Thai Navy SEAL / AFP – Getty Images

When the families got word that the group had been found, there were scenes of jubilation among the families and rescuers alike.

“It was like a party,” Tait told NBC News.

In addition to the U.S. Air Force members, British cave experts, Chinese first responders and volunteer workers from countries around the world are also on the ground assisting with the effort.

“I would like to say thank you to all the foreigners who have come to help,” Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said at a news conference on Tuesday.

“The work would not be successful if we didn’t get help from everyone lending a hand in whatever way they can.”

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