Bangkok, July 6: The Thai football team comprising 12 boys and their coach continued to be stranded inside a complex cave system where they have been surviving for almost a fortnight now. A medical checkup of the youngsters aged between 11 and 16 and their 25-year-old coach said it was too risky to try to evacuate them on Thursday, July 5, according to a Thai Navy SEALs member who is not authorised to say anything to the media, the CNN reported.
A new medical report also said that two of the 12 players along with the coach were facing exhaustion because of malnutrition. The team, which had entered the cave in northern Thailand during a dry spell last month, was trapped after sudden rain came in and was located only last Monday, June 2, the CNN report added.
The rescue teams rushed food and medical aid besides oxygen to the stranded team to help them survive. Multiple plans of action were also undertaken to evacuate the group which is critically trapped deep into the cave system in Chiang Mai province of the Southeast Asian country.
The mission to save the boys and the coach is facing more challenges as rain was forecast this weekend which would raise the water level inside the cave.
During the ongoing dry spell, more and more water is being pumped out but yet the narrow passage of the cave remained flooded, necessitating the group members to dive through the murky water to come out after covering a journey of five hours. The boys, however, are not equipped to dive and also are exhausted to execute it perfectly.
Thirty more SEALs reached the scene to back the rescue operations, the CNN cited Thai Navy SEALs' deputy chief Captain Supachai Thanasarnsakorn as saying. Eighty personnel are already in the scene and they comprise active, reserve and former ones. Thai military divers are also ready with diving equipment while the local people are handing out food to people present on the location.
The boys said they were "healthy" in a video posted by the SEALs a couple of days ago and the authorities said they were in good spirit despite the steep challenge ahead of them.
International efforts were also pouring in as countries like Australia, US, UK, China, Israel. Laos and Myanmar contributing in whatever forms they can to rescue the young team.
The rescue officials were also trying to install a phone line between the stranded boys and their families so that they could speak with their loved ones and get to boost their morale. However, the initial attempt to install the line of communication failed.