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US experts say focus on removing floodwater in cave where footballers disappeared

Jun 28. 2018
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By The Nation

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Floodwater level inside the Tham Luang Cave continues to rise on Thursday afternoon and is hindering efforts to rescue 13 footballers believed to have been stranded since last Saturday.

Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda said on Thursday that it was important to pump out the floodwater so that the Royal Thai Navy’s SEALs could move further in their search of the cave system. 

The victims are members of a local football club. The 12 teenaged team members entered the cave with their assistant coach in Chiang Rai province last Saturday and have not been seen since.

“The experts from the United States believe the best way is to reduce floodwater levels so as to facilitate the divers’ operations,” Anupong said. 

However, he said, will not ignore the recommendation from the Engineering Institute of Thailand that the rescue operations focus on drilling shafts or through the walls between sections of the cave. 


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