Thai divers make little progress in murky cave search
MAE SAI, Thailand- Thai navy divers contributing the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach in a cave have failed to induce much headway in their effort to push through the murk of a kilometer-( half-mile-) long chamber to what is believed to be a clear region to move to where the missing is a possibility sheltering, officials said.
Sunday’s fresh reckoning went a period after a break in the constant rainfall had lowered water level, bringing hope that the muddy sea inside the crucial but clogged enclosure would recede and expedite divers’ motion forward.
The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25 -year-old coach entered the sprawling Tham Luang Nang Non cave in the northern district of Chiang Rai after a soccer game on June 23. There is hope they can survive if they have found a dry place in which to shelter.
An announcement on the Facebook page of the Thai navy SEAL unit shortly before midnight on Saturday said they had penetrated merely about 200 meters( yards) — one fifth of the way forward in its most important enclosure, about as far as they had induced it much earlier in the search before being forced to recede by rising waters.
An army commander, Maj. Gen. Bancha Duriyapat, told Sunday that authorities remain hopeful.
“Overall, it’s good. It is good news that rainwater has stopped. We continue to work in all areas, including pumping the sea out from sea sources all around the mountain so that we can help those who work inside the cave, ” he said.
Chaiwat Dusadeepanich of the Department of Groundwater Resources explained Saturday that his team, which had been drilling for two days, determined a small underground water source near the cave. He said they would keep drilling deeper in order to find a way to release the water at a high rate.
The search has been going slowly, largely because flooding has blocked rescuers from “re going through” enclosures to get deeper into the cave. Pumping out sea hasn’t solved the problem, so “members attention” placed emphasis on find shafts on the mountainside that were likely to serve as a back entrance to the blocked-off areas where the missing is a possibility sheltering.
Teams ought to have combing the mountainside looking for fissure that might lead to such rods. Several have been procured and explorers have been able to descend into some, but in so far it is not clear whether they lead to anywhere useful.
Experts in cave salvages from around the world continued to gather at the site. An official Australian group has now followed a U.S military team, British cave experts, Chinese lifesaving responders and several other volunteer groups from various countries.