The terrain is tough going — mountainous and heavily forested, slowing down squads looking for other possible degrees of entering, according to CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam .
On Friday a squad of six Chinese experts arrived at the site in Chiang Rai province, according to the Chinese Embassy in Thailand. The experts hail from the Beijing Peaceland Foundation, an organization with over 100 salvage squads and experience carrying on business as similar operations in mountainous Myanmar and Nepal.
On Saturday Australia likewise deployed a squad of six experts from its national police’s Specialist Response Group, according to the country’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. The group, which is usually carries out ground search and rescue operations, also has experience diving in inundated caves.
For now, divers continue to work at the mouth of the cave, and drilling is underway at several levels in the cave complex, primarily to relieve the flooding .
Anxious wait for families
The boys, all from the Wild Boars soccer teams and aged 11 to 16, have been missing since June 23, when a park policeman spotted bicycles near the entrance to the off-limits cave complex.
The labyrinth is popular with tourists and for the first kilometer( 0.6 miles) or so inside the cavernous entrance, limestone stone formations hug high ceilings, creating an almost amphitheater-like atmosphere.
Deeper inside, the passages narrow into places the locals alert it’s not safe to go .
For reasons unknown, the boys and their coach-and-four ventured on, deeper into the cave network, past signs that warn people not to enter during the course of its rainy season, which usually begins in July.
In the vigils that have grown with every day of fruitless searches, families and friends have prayed, made offerings, and comprised fast to the possibility of signs of life. Some, enduring the torture of such a long, silent wait, have collapsed in the clay with fatigue, and been sent to a hospital.
“I feel I have just lost my nerve when I observed his bag, mobile phone and his shoes, ” told Prajak Sutham’s father Sudsakorn. “But all I can do is wait.”
Rescuers try other enter routes
Late last week trekkers detected a concealed opening deep in the jungle that may be a new point of entry to the cave system.
The natural chimney, which is around 1.5 meters in diameter and at least 22 meters( 72 feet) deep, was found to the north of the opening of the cave, where the boys’ bikes were found last Saturday.
Approaching the tunnels from above is “more promising, ” according to British rescuers at the scene, as it bypasses a passageway blocked by inundated waters.
Two British cave experts entered the chimney Friday morning, managing to descend to a depth of about 20 meters, before being alleviated by another team. Though this is not the first natural chimney found on Pha Mee, it remains the most promising, according to search and salvage teams on website .
Heat imaging dronings are likewise being used to search the hilly terrain above the cave system.
Eight days after the boys reported missing, salvage teams are remain optimistic that they closer than ever to discovering them .
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