Male, July 7 : As Thai officials are grappling with the feasible options to evacuate 12 football players and their coach trapped deep inside a system of caves in northern Thailand on Saturday. There are concerns over low oxygen levels underground with heavy rains forecast and fears mounting and high level of water in the cave.
As per the reports a rescue plan involving a “buddy dive” is being considered . Where an experienced adult diver would swim with each boy — to evacuate the team members, according to a US official familiar with the joint rescue operation.
The rescue team also includes divers and workers from Australia, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe and Asia.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be discussing about the plan on Saturday morning.The rescue mission could begin as soon as the weekend but no decision has yet been taken.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old coach of a youth football team has offered his “apologies to the parents” of the boys in a scrawled note released by the Thai Navy.
“To all the parents, all the kids are still fine. I promise to take the very best care of the kids,” he said in a note given to a diver on Friday and published on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page on Saturday.
“Thank you for all the moral support and I apologise to the parents.”