Coach of Thai boys trapped in cave apologises to parents

Navy diver dies in attempt to deliver supplies to boys trapped in Thai cave

Navy diver dies in attempt to deliver supplies to boys trapped in Thai cave

That stretch is the most unsafe part of the dive; rescuers have to hold their oxygen tanks in front of them to squeeze through submerged holes.

Though Gunam had retired from Navy service and was now employed as an airport security officer, he volunteered to help rescue the boys and their coach, and he was one of 28 Navy officers on the scene that are trained as specialists on sea, air and land (SEAL), the Bangkok Post reported.

"We have to make a clear decision on what we can do", he told the French news agency.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their assistant coach were found inside the Tham Luang cave in northern Chiang Rai province on Monday, after nine days underground.

Later on Saturday evening torrential rain pounded the area for around half an hour, highlighting the urgency of the rescue.

There was great concern over the dwindling air supply as the level of oxygen in the cave where the boys are trapped dropped to 15 per cent.

"You went in and in the end, other people have to run around trying to find you", a user posted on Pantip.com, in comments that aimed at the group. "When oxygen in our blood is low, more carbon dioxide will enter the blood stream".

However, Ivan Katadzic, a Danish diving instructor who has been ferrying oxygen tanks inside the cave, said after a dive on Friday evening he was "double positive" about the mission because the water level had dropped considerably.

But if heavy rains start again, divers will try to remove the boys right away.

"Now the problem is the children's readiness to dive".

But his comments 12 hours later suggest the thinking has changed, with water levels inside the cave now managed to their lowest point by constant drainage.

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A team of experienced Thai mountain climbers - members of a community who scour hillsides collecting bird's nests - also joined the effort to look for openings in the mountain.

Note: I'm safe, don't worry about me.

Thai Navy SEALs helped to carry the messages, giving the boys' families a much needed insight as to how their children were coping after spending two weeks inside the labyrinth. Grandpa, uncle, mom dad, and siblings I love you all.

"I love you mom and dad".

The football coach who took the boys into the cave has written to their parents apologising for his actions.

"To all the parents, all the kids are still fine". And I promise I will take care of the kids as best as I can. "I want to say thanks for all the support and I want to apologize to the parents".

The boys are being trained in the basics of diving in case the flood waters force authorities into a sudden evacuation through twisting and jagged passageways.

The death of former Thai navy SEAL Saman Gunan underscored those risks.

"At first, we thought the children could stay for a long time ... but now things have changed, we have a limited time", Apakorn Yookongkaew told reporters.

Thailand cave rescue latest updates: On Sunday, a Thailand army commander said the ongoing rescue of 12 boys and their coach could take 2-4 days depending on conditions inside the partially flooded cave. As the 12 boys and their coach ventured into the cave June 23, the sky opened up and heavy rain flooded the cave, cutting off their exit route.

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