w do you teach someone to swim and scuba dive in a dark underground cave? That's the challenge faced by rescue crews in Thailand, who are giving 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave for an 11 days a crash course in underwater survival skills.
The boys were found late Monday by a crack team of cave diving experts, huddled on a dry rock around four kilometers underground. Since then, rescuers have been able to give the boys and their coach food, and medics have assessed their health. Reports are they're largely okay.>>
>> Reuters' Panu Wongcha-um is covering the story. It is very unclear at this stage how the divers will approach teaching the boys how to swim through the cave. But what we know is that they are preparing several equipments including oxygen masks that can be attached to the air canister that will allow the boys and their coach to breathe very easily under water.
But the challenges remain that the pathway under the water is still very difficult for untrained divers to get through.>> Authorities have also said another escape option could be to wait until the water level drops. And then have the boys walk out. As of like Tuesday, around 120 million liters of water have been pumped out of the cave.
>> There's no easy option beyond diving, and some of them are very theoretical, one of which is coming from the top. The Thai army has been exploring various shops, caves, and shops on top of the mountain that they believe could link up to the cave below the Tham Luang cave below.
But at this stage they haven't managed to find any actual linkages yet.>> The team were first trapped in the cave when a group outing after a Saturday soccer practice went horribly wrong. A monsoon rainstorm struck while the boys where in the cave and the rising waters caught them out.
News late Monday that the Wild Boar team had survived sparked celebrations and release in a country that's being transfixed by the drama with almost blanket media coverage.