Navy SEAL moves closer to target area

As the search for the 12 young football players and their coach trapped in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai enters the second week today, a SEAL unit of the Royal Thai Navy has reached a spot inside the cave closer to where they are believed to be taking refuge.

A report on the Thai Navy SEAL webpage said the unit arrived late this morning at an area known as the 3rd chamber, which is about 2.5 kilometres from the so-called Pattaya Beach where the 13 people are being stranded. It’s the second time that a rescue team is back on the spot.

Earlier on June 25, the first SEAL team arrived at the 3rd chamber where footprints of the footballers were found. But at the time, the chamber was five metres under water. It is believed that the 13 had moved deeper inside the cave. On that day, the team suspended their search because of high level of water in the chamber.

But today the water level in the chamber has receded, enabling the rescue team to plan to continue their probe.

Meanwhile, Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn expressed satisfaction with this morning’s exercise to evacuate survivors from Tham Luang cave but admitted there were some hitches that need to be addressed. He cited problems with the traffic flow which hampered ambulances transporting patients out of the area.