A Thai governor says the operation to bring out the boys aged 11 – 16 and their 25-year-old soccer coach from deep inside Tham Luang cave where they have been trapped for two weeks has begun.
The acting Chiang Rai governor has told reporters "today is D-Day". It will be very difficult but time is running and new rains are attempted. The only way to bring the boys out is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air. The biggest concerns look like the tight passageways, strong currents and low visiblity. 13 foreigner and five Thai divers will take part in the rescue. Every boy will be assisted by experienced divers. The rescue operation began at 10 a.m. local time. It will take at least 11 hours for the first person to be rescued.
The whol rescue mission could take several days. Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn said the boys are ready and willing to be brought out. "Their hearts are strong and determined." Near the cave entrance there are 13 ambulances and helicopters ready to transport the boys to local hospitals if necessary. The nearest hospital is 15 minutes away by helicopter. Very important is to avoid boys’ panic. Even if the boys are with experienced divers, the narrow passageways will make it hard for divers to check on any boy who might be panicking.the country's Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, is traveling to the rescue site