Thai boys trapped in cave located, may remain stuck for months

Thai boys trapped in cave located, may remain stuck for months

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CHIANG RAI (THAILAND), July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo provided by Thai Navy Seal shows trapped teenagers in a cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/IANS)
CHIANG RAI (THAILAND), July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- A rescuer briefs the press about the condition of the 12 teenagers and their football coach in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak/IANS)
CHIANG RAI (THAILAND), July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- A rescuer briefs the press about the condition of the 12 teenagers and their football coach in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak/IANS)
CHIANG RAI (THAILAND), July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo provided by Thai Navy Seal shows trapped teenagers in a cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/IANS)
CHIANG RAI (THAILAND), July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo provided by Thai Navy Seal shows trapped teenagers in a cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/IANS)
CHIANG RAI, July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers search for the 12 teenagers and their football coach who went missing in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak/IANS)
CHIANG RAI, July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers search for the 12 teenagers and their football coach who went missing in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak/IANS)
CHIANG RAI, July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers search for the 12 teenagers and their football coach who went missing in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak/IANS)
CHIANG RAI, July 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers search for the 12 teenagers and their football coach who went missing in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 2, 2018. Twelve teenagers and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for nine days, have been found alive on Monday night, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province said. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak/IANS)
Bangkok, July 3 (IANS) A Thai soccer team of 12 boys and their coach who went missing more than a week back have been found alive. However, it may take months for them to come out, the country's army said on Tuesday.
They will have to learn to dive or wait months for flooding to recede. The
rescue workers -- Thai Navy SEALs -- were battling with rising water and were currently bringing in food and medical supplies, the BBC reported.
The children would be supplied with food that could last at least four months, the Thai military said.
The Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand is regularly flooded during the rainy season which lasts until September or October.
If the children were to be brought out before then, they would have to learn basic diving skills to safely get through the dangerous corridors of muddy, zero-visibility waters, the BBC reported.
Attempts to pump the water levels lower have so far not been successful.
The 13 have been missing for nine days before they were found by divers on Monday. Families of the missing group were ecstatic at news of the rescue.
The search for the group had gripped the nation as it was unclear where they were or whether they even were still alive after their belongings were found outside the cave on June 23.
The rescue operation attracted world wide attention with experts from various countries pitching in.
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