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Thai Soccer Coach Apologizes to Parents in Letter from Cave

Thai Soccer Coach Apologizes to Parents in Letter from Cave

Twelve players of the Wild Boars soccer club-between the ages of 11 and 16-and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in Tham Luang cave in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province since June 23.

The local governor in charge of the mission to rescue them said Saturday that cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created appropriate conditions for evacuation, but that they won't last if it rains again.

"We have to try to set the plan and find which plan is the best", said Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osottanakorn, according to the Guardian.

"The war ends when we win all three battles - the battles to search, rescue and send them home".

Authorities say Samarn Poonan had volunteered for the mission and died after running out of air while placing air tanks along the exit passage for the team members and their coach.

The group was found dishevelled and emaciated, but alive on a muddy ledge by rescue divers on Monday, but rescue workers are still struggling for ways to extract the team from the complex cave system.

While details of the new plan emerged, Thai officials stressed that the boys were not yet ready to attempt a unsafe dive to freedom.

"Some [of the chimneys] are as deep as 400 metres. but they still can not find their location yet", rescue mission chief Osottanakorn told reporters, adding the mission lacked the technology "to pinpoint where they are staying". Osottanakorn said the team lacked the technology to pinpoint the target.

"If we face heavy rain, we must bring the kids out", he told a midnight press briefing.

The boys also sent letters, saying they are doing well, but missing their families.

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"Some (of the chimneys) are as deep as 400 metres. but they still can not find their location yet", Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters, adding the mission lacked the technology "to pinpoint where they are staying".

A spokeswoman for the Boring Company who declined to be named said it is in talks with the Thai government and people on the ground to determine how they could best assist their efforts. The kids, some of whom can't even swim, are expected to wear scuba gear, with experienced divers by their side at all times.

Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach remain trapped. He also thanked worldwide experts who helped find the boys.

The 38-year-old volunteer died after losing consciousness in a passageway on his way out of the cave. The World Cup final will take place in Moscow on July 15 at 11 a.m. ET.

Finnish volunteer diver Mikko Paasi, a long-term resident of Thailand, said Kunan's death had changed the mood on the ground and made real for rescuers just how unsafe the mission had become.

"We are not mad at you at all. If there's too much risk we will wait but we can not wait until the rain".

"I can't believe this happened", he told CNN by phone. "I will help you at the shop soon". "Our last trip together was to Malaysia". The boys and their coach are accompanied by several Thai navy SEAL divers.

Meanwhile PayPal billionaire Elon Musk is sending experts from his Space X and Tesla vehicle companies.

When the team entered the cave two weeks ago, the rainy season hadn't officially started.

Per one way trip, each diver takes around five hours treading a long and unsafe path to deliver three heavy oxygen tanks to the trapped boys.


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