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originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: Bhadhidar
The underwater passage way is something on the order of 30 feet deep, which represents about 1 atmosphere. 1 atm = ~14psi. To fill a tube of the length and size required to fit a person through with a constant 14psi of pressure would require absolutely massive amounts of air volume (think like...building sized fans). Remember, the tube would have to be open on at least one end (because otherwise you've have to move some kind of an air-lock inside the cave...which wouldn't fit through the opening in the passage).
The first group of boys should be on their way back now.
Helicopters await to ferry them to the region’s largest hospital almost 60 miles away.
In a press release, the head of the joint command centre, Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, issued an update on the progress of the cave rescue operation.
The operation began at 10am when 13 international divers entered the cave. 10 of them headed for chamber 9 (where the boys are) and chamber 6 (near the junction) as planned. Another 3 cave divers performed their duty to support diving efforts beginning at 14.00.
There are a number of additional rescue personnel including divers, from Thailand, USA, Australia, China and Europe stationed from chamber 3 to the entrance. This includes a rope system to assist over difficult terrain in chambers 2 and 3.
Due to the difficulty of the operation, Osottanakorn says it is unknown how long it might take until the first child has made it out – it had been suggested earlier today that the first of the boys could be out by 3pm BST.
CHIANG RAI: It's the "exact moment" rescue personnel have been waiting for.
That's according to mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn who announced at a press conference that at 10am (local time) on Sunday (Jul 8), 18 divers began the rescue operation of 12 Thai schoolboys and their football coach trapped inside the Tham Luang cave complex since Jun 23.
Various contradictory reports are circulating regarding the emergence of two of the boys.
Reuters says, citing a local official, that the first two members of the Thai football team have been recovered from the cave.
ITV’s John Irvine says that a local police chief has just told him that two of the boys are out of the cave complex. They are apparently safe and reasonably well.
The Bangkok Post, meanwhile, says the first 2 boys are on their way to the entrance of the cave suggesting that they have completed the swim and are now walking through the chambers.
The Guardian cannot confirm any of these reports. If the boys have escaped, it would be at least two hours ahead of schedule.
A reporter at the scene has apparently been told by rescue teams at the entrance of the cave that the lowered water levels have shortened the journey out of the cave.
Many chambers are reportedly walk-able now, which would go some way to corroborating the Reuters report.
Further rain, however, is forecast later today.
The US president Donald Trump has suddenly announced that his government are working closely with the Thai government to help evacuate the cave.
The rescue has been concluded for the night and will resume in 10-20 hours because “we’ve used all the oxygen,” according to the operation chief.
“Its actually just falling quiet here,” says Dan Johnston on the BBC News Channel. “There’s been a lot of activity in the past few minutes. It looks like people are leaving this site for the night.
“One thing to bear in mind is the tiredness levels of the cave diving exerts who are leading this operation. They have been working busily all day and it looks like some of them are actually leaving the dive site now.
“It looks like they’ve taken the decision that they have done as much as they can for today.”
originally posted by: Flanker86
Maybe somebody should talk to those kids ... about how they ended up so deep into a cave. Obviously covering yourself from rain is not a good explanation to go that deep.
They are a soccer team. Maybe they should be invited to meet some Top soccer players ...
Heavy, constant rain in caves area. Makes this last day of #Thamluangcave critical. Cave flooding is possible soon. They need to get last 4 boys and coach out in 1 day if possible.
Boys' families will visit them soon All the boys are in hospital and their families will visit them soon, Mr Narongsak said. "I can officially say that the rest of the boys have been rescued. Their parents are going home to take a shower and change. They should be able to visit the children through the glass tonight." Families have not yet been able to meet any of the rescued boys in person, due to a fear of infection. Instead they have had to stand behind a glass partition.