>> Rescuers in Thailand have began day nine of a desperate search for 12 boys and their soccer coach inside a flooded cave system. A specialist team worked to clear a clogged narrow passageway on Monday. Divers from a Thai Navy Seal unit are 500 meters away from an elevated chamber where the group may have taken refuge.
The boys, aged between 11 and 16, disappeared with their 25-year-old coach on June the 23rd. They'd been visiting the 10 kilometer cave complex in northern Chiang Rai province. Apart from belongings left at the mouth of the cave and hand prints on the wall, there's been no trace of the group.
Over the last week, heavy rains flooded the cave system, blocking the way out. Muddy waters made it almost impossible for divers to see where they're going, and progress has been slow, with the divers unable to fit their air cylinders through a narrow stretch. Over a thousand personnel from the US, Britain and Japan are involved in the rescue effort.
Doctors say the boys could survive for days without food, but only if they can find water clean enough to drink