Surawan’s including references to four months has been interpreted as a potential sign that authorities are considering waiting until after the rainy season ends in October to begin the rescue operation .
But with heavy rain expected to continue in the coming days, rising water levels could force rescuers to act sooner rather than later.
“We believe that there is only a short break in the monsoon and all feasible options for the rescue of the sons are being considered, ” Whitehouse said in a statement .
“Although water levels have fallen, the diving conditions remain difficult and any attempt to dive the boys and their coach out will not be taken softly because there are significant technological challenges and risks to consider, ” told Whitehouse.
Diving is considered among the least preferable escape techniques, with experts cautioning that any attempt to traverse the narrow passageways will be fraught with difficulties and potential complications, especially if the children can’t swim .
“Worst case scenario is they have to dive them out, ” told Pat Moret, a rescue consultant told CNN on Monday.
“It won’t be anything like diving that most people recognise. It will be diving in what is effectively muddied water, maybe fast flowing, with no sense of direction, ” Moret told. “You can’t tell what’s up, down, sideways.”
The emotional drudgery of any rescue endeavor would also need to be considered told Paul Auerbach, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University.
“This is going to be a complicated rescue. It’s manageable, but they have to be sure that these kids are physically capable of it and emotionally capable of it as well, ” told Auerbach.
“They’ll be assessed for hydration status, adequate ga furnish, adequate food so that their glucose level is adequate, and then without doubt they’ll do practice dives, ” he added .
Battling the rains
The boys, who are between ages 11 and 16 and are members of the Wild Boars soccer team, had been exploring the cave network with their football coach-and-four on June 23, when heavy seasonal rainfalls flooded the cave’s entrance, forcing different groups further and further into the labyrinth of passageways in search of high ground.
Their sudden disappearance triggered a desperate nine-day race against time as hundreds of volunteers and specialist international search squads battled against the heavy rains to situate the missing group .
On Monday, Narongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai, the region where the caves are situated, told reporters that the mission is “not done yet” and medical experts need to enter the cave to assess personal boys before any further action is taken.
“We will drain all water out from the cave then we will take all 13 people out of the cave. We are now scheming how to send( a) nurse and doctor inside the cave to check their health and movement. We will work all night, ” he said.
Surawan, a commander with the Royal Thai Navy, told additional divers will accompany the doctor and nurse. Rescuers will also pump air into the cave to improve conditions.
Rescue teams have been trying to drainage the underground tunnels for several days, and at one point were removing an estimated 1.6 million liters of water an hour. However, continuous rainfalls have frustrated attempts to clear the passageways, with the water remaining at a steady level .
A final rescue option could see the sons lifted through the roof of the cave chamber to safety, either through a natural opening or a drilled entry point.
During an attempted rescue mission last week, trekkers find a hidden opening deep in the jungle, giving them another way to enter the cave system. The natural chimney was least 1.5 meters in diameter and at the least 22 meters( 72 feet) deep.
Though the opening did not connect to the area where the boys were discovered , now that the exact location is known, rescue efforts can focus on observing other, potentially concealed openings .
“Back here in the UK, there is an assessment of electronic equipment that may be suitable to pin-point the underground place of the boys and coach-and-four with a greater degree of accuracy than the published surveys, ” told Whitehouse.
“They (the group) are also located in a relatively small space and this would make any potential drilling endeavor as a means of rescue very difficult, ” added Whitehouse.
“The necessary equipment will be sent to Thailand if electronic experts agree on the feasibility that it will operate over such depths.”
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