Thai boys trapped in cave pen emotional letter to their parents

09 July, 2018, 07:18 | Author: Angel Logan
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"Don't worry dad and mum", said a note from one of the boys who gave his nickname as "Bew".

The Thai governor in charge of rescuing 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave says the cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days have created conditions for extraction that won't continue if it rains again.

The unprecedented rescue effort is attempting to establish new ways to extract the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach from above, if the underground chambers flood and it is deemed too risky to evacuate the team by diving out through the submerged passageways.

What do the letters say?

An update Saturday from the Thai navy said three navy SEALs were with the boys and their coach, one a doctor.

Pipat "Nick" Bodhi, 15: "Mum, Dad, Nick loves both of you and brother". SEAL team is taking care of me very well.

"Thank you for all the moral support and I apologize to the parents". "We want to go home as soon as possible", adds the message, which was handwritten in blue ink on notebook paper and carried out by a foreign rescue diver late on Friday.

"Mums and dads are not angry at you". Please look after yourself. "We are not angry at him".

Family and friends expressed relief when the boys were found, but video of the gaunt, disheveled lost youngsters released this week has only partially reassured their loved ones.

The sixth letter from the boys stuck in a cave in Thailand included messages from Peerapat "Night" Sompiangjai, 16; Nattawut "Tle" Takamsai, 14; and Prajak "Note" Sutham, 14.

At the MyWay garage, where Note's father works, some of the workers have known Note since he was born - and describe him as a smart kid who loves sport and helps his father with mechanical work over the holidays. Their coach used to be a monk and had taught them how to meditate, the boys said. "If I can go out, I'll eat it", he wrote. "How about a boy who has never dived before?"

The boys have been practising wearing dive masks and breathing in case they have to be brought out underwater, but it has also been suggested that they may have to wait months inside until a safe way out is available.

Rescuers have fed a kilometers-long air pipe into the cave to restore oxygen levels in the chamber where the team are sheltering, accompanied by medics and expert divers.

There will also be stage tanks filled with air along the passage.

When could the group be rescued?

Above ground, a huge military and civilian rescue operation is racing against the clock to bring the boys to safety. But the prospect of fresh monsoon rains and more flooding threatens to unpick the progress.

The warning came a day after a Thai diver died during part of the rescue operation, a deadly turn in what started out as a celebration of one of the boys' birthdays at the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Chiang Rai province. The billionaire's companies may assist by trying to pinpoint the boys' precise location using Space Exploration Technologies Corp. or Boring Co. technology, pumping water or providing heavy-duty battery packs known as Tesla Inc.

"The water level may rise to the area where the children are sitting and make the area less than 10 sq m [100 sq ft]", he said.

"There's also carbon dioxide".

Much-needed food and medical supplies - including high-calorie gels and paracetamol - reach the boys as rescuers prepare for the possibility that they may remain in the cave for some time.

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