Rescue teams in Chiang Rai are continuing their search for a group of young footballers who are believed to be trapped by floodwater inside a cave. The twelve boys, aged between 11 and 16, are thought to have entered Tham Luang Nang Non cave with their 25-year-old football coach on Saturday. The group were reported missing that evening and an initial search found bicycles and sports gear outside the cave.
Located in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai, Tham Luang Nang Non is a large network of caves that can flood quickly in the rainy season. Park officials in Chiang Rai have said there were warning signs in place outside the cave telling people not to enter unless they have permission from park rangers. Specialist teams, including divers from the Royal Thai Navy, are assisting the search. Persistent rainfall, rising waters and poor visibility are hampering the rescue attempts. The cave complex extends several kilometres and with numerous passageways and rocky outcrops, it’s thought the boys and their football coach may be trapped in one of the cave’s many chambers. Relatives of the boys have been camping outside the cave and Buddhist monks are holding prayer ceremonies. It’s a desperately sad scene and one which is dominating Thai television and social media channels.
Update: July 2
The missing group have been found and are reported to be safe.
More details here: https://www.thaizer.com/news/missing-youngsters-found-alive-in-chiang-rai-cave/