(News.com.au) The 12 Thai boys trapped deep inside a partially flooded cave are not yet ready to dive out, the rescue operation commander said, although forecast heavy rains could speed up their extraction attempt.
Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, a former governor of the northern Chiang Rai province who is leading the rescue effort, said there were no plans to pull the boys and their coach out overnight but if monsoon rains fell and water rose in the Tham Luang cave over the coming days they could change their plans.
“The boys are not suitable …(they) cannot dive at this time,” governor Osottanakorn told reporters. “Now the problem is the children’s readiness to dive.
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“We (will) try to set the best plan. If the risk is minimal, we will try. We are afraid of the weather and the oxygen in the cave. We have to try to set the plan and find which plan is the best.”