Video shows Thai cave boys in good health

The boys all give their name and a traditional Thai greeting

The boys all give their name and a traditional Thai greeting

A new video has been released of the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a Thai cave, in which they say they are in good health.

Smiling and at times laughing, they introduce themselves one by one.

They were found on Monday after nine days trapped deep in the cave by rising water and have since received food and medical treatment.

But their rescue may take months as they must either be taught to dive or wait for the water to recede.

The concern is that the rainy season has only just begun, so water levels in the Tham Luang cave will almost certainly continue to rise.

 

The video posted on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page shows the team draped in foil blankets to keep them warm.

Lit by torches and with divers sitting alongside, they each give their name and the traditional “wai” greeting, putting their palms together.

Two other videos show the group having some light scratches treated by a military doctor. The boys are also again seen asking how soon food is coming.

Written on a rock in the cave can be seen the name of the football team and of the Navy Unit involved in the rescue.

Two Navy SEAL divers will be staying with the group underground from now on.

“Now we are teaching the children to swim and dive,” Thai Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said, according to Reuters news agency.

 

A report in The Guardian specifies that the children are being trained to breathe through scuba masks.

 

Before they were found, they would have lived in total darkness once any torch batteries had expired.

Oxygen may yet become a problem should the water level rise and the air pocket they are in get smaller.

Unknown factors include the possibility of dangerous animals like snakes in the cave or of contamination from bat droppings

Rescuers are trying to work out how best to bring them all to safety, with officials stressing they do not intend to take any risks with the boys’ safety.

At a news conference, officials said no rescue attempt would be made on Wednesday but conditions were perfect for a rehearsal.

Water continues to be pumped out of the cave complex and officials have said they are confident they have been able to stop more water getting into the chamber the boys are in. -BBC

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