Army special force deployed to look for tunnel or crack on mountain top to get into cave

A 90-member army special force was today (Wednesday) flown to the northern province of Chiang Rai to help in the survey and search for tunnel or opening atop the Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non which may lead rescue team into the cave to look for the 13 missing footballers and coach.

Army deputy spokesperson Colonel Sirichan Nga-thong said Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart also flew to the site of the rescue operations to give morale support to officials involved in the search and rescue operations and to families of the 13 missing.

More equipment have been rushed to the scene, including a mobile generator to provide lighting inside the cave, giant water pumps, a mobile kitchen and a backhoe.

Colonel Sirichan said that army had deployed altogether 840 men and four helicopters at the scene and in Mae Sai district.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said until Wednesday late afternoon he had not heard any news development from the army chief.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meanwhile, told the media at the Government House that His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn had closely followed up the search and rescue operations and had instructed officials concerned to try to bring the 13 missing back to safety, to take care of their families and to ensure there is no loss of lives among the rescue teams.

He said that he and his cabinet were confident that the 13 are still alive and are waiting for help inside the flooded cave.