Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federation Internationale de Football Association invites trapped Thai team to World Cup final

Federation Internationale de Football Association invites trapped Thai team to World Cup final

The Thai soccer team that has been trapped in a cave for nearly two weeks will be invited to the World Cup final if they are successfully rescued from their ordeal.

More than 100 Thai Navy SEALS are working on the rescue mission as well as divers from Australia, the US, UK, China, and other countries.

They were found 10 days later (July 2) by British rescue divers and have since been receiving supplies of food and oxygen.

They ventured in while the cave was dry but were caught out by a sudden deluge of rain, which flooded the system. The only way to reach them was by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents and in oxygen-depleted air.

John Hudson, a survival instructor who created the UK Military's survival manual, says the fundamental difference between life and death in these situations is letting someone know what you're up to. Experienced cave rescue experts consider an underwater escape a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving, as the boys are.

Thailand is now in its monsoon season and heavy rains have been forecast in the north.

Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters on Thursday, according to CNN: "In the previous days we were fighting with time".

The first page says: "What we want to communicate: The kids say don't be anxious about them".

"Despite this, we will continue until we accomplish our mission", Arpakorn said Friday. "The war ends when we win all three battles - the battles to search, rescue and send them home". It was too risky to leave the boys much longer, Yoo-kongkaew said, despite the risks involved in attempting to bring them out. Tell my brother to be ready to bring me fried chicken.

"Don't be anxious, I miss everyone".

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"I love you, Dad, Mum and my sister. I promise to take the very best care of the kids", he said. Don't worry. I love you dad and mum.

Tan (nickname Titan): Mum and Dad don't worry about me, I'm fine.

One boy, Mick, wrote: "Don't be anxious, I miss everyone". But don't forget to do my birthday party. Please tell my teacher too.

The schoolchildren and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand for nearly two weeks now.

The boys, 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went exploring in the cave after a soccer game, when monsoon flooding cut off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

Nattawut "Tle" Takamsai, 14, bravely assured his family that he can take care of himself; while Ekkarat "Bill" Wongsookchan, 14, promised his parents to help them at the shop. "I want to say thanks for all the support and I want to apologize to the parents", he wrote.

However, amid fears of low oxygen levels inside the Tham Luang caves in northern Thailand, and the threat of monsoonal rain potentially flooding them, they may need to attempt a rescue within the coming days.

"Don't worry", the football team trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for two weeks said in letters brought out by divers Friday night. Their rescuers will likely help them carry oxygen tanks, with additional "stage tanks" installed for safety along the route.

But the rescue team head said they had managed to pump in fresh air into the chambers where the underground cave is located, thus attempting to maintain the supply of oxygen to the boys stranded inside. The 13 are having health evaluations and rehabilitation, and being taught diving skills.

However, the official in immediate charge of the operation, Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, indicated at a news conference Friday that if heavy rains started and appeared to be causing flooded areas in the cave to rise again, divers would try to take the boys out right away.

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