Chiang Rai: Race towards time

Yesterday’s progress…
• The Royal Thai Navy’s SEALs arrange a ahead command within the third chamber of the Tham Luang cave.
• The SEALs enterprise out of the third chamber to get nearer to “Pattaya Beach” the place the stranded footballers are thought to have gathered.
• The water level in the cave reduces as a outcome of all-out drainage efforts, which embrace powerful pumps and draining groundwater near the cave.
• Explorations above the cave finish. There are two promising shafts for rescue operations.
• Additional drilling tools is being introduced to acceptable areas.
• The space in entrance of the cave is off-limits to most autos, as officials prepare for the fastest transportation for the footballers when they’re discovered.
• Doctors plan swift supply of medical help.
Rescue groups are racing in opposition to the clock in their bid to keep away from wasting 13 members of an area football club, most of them teenagers, from the flooded Tham Luang cave earlier than heavy downpours resume and increase the floodwater degree.
“Weather forecast suggests downpours will return on Wednesday,” Meteorological Department director-general Wanchai Sakudomchai stated yesterday.
Floodwater poses the largest impediment to the rescue operations that started on June 23 when the 12 football players from the Mu Pa Academy in Mae Sai district and their coach went missing. They were last seen entering the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province. As Under the table hit the cave, they’re believed to have been stranded inside for multiple week now.
According to Medical Services Department’s director-general Somsak Akksilp, people can do without meals for between 30 and 35 days if they are able to drink water.
Royal Thai Navy SEALs ventured into the cave on June 25 to save the youths amid muddy floodwater, skinny air and darkness inside. However, in the course of last week, even the SEALs had to retreat to a spot closer to the cave’s entrance due to the rising and raging floodwaters. Only after rains eased on Saturday, water-drainage efforts began to yield tangible outcomes paving method for the SEALs to make vital progress inside the cave yesterday.
As of final night time, the SEALs have been already 200 metres from a T-junction inside the cave. From that time, they are going to be only be about 1.5 kilometres from the so-called “Pattaya Beach” chamber the place the footballers are believed to have gathered to remain clear of the floods. The intersection is about 800 metres from the cave’s third chamber. Inside the chamber, SEALs have already arrange their ahead command. Light bulbs and oxygen tanks are stored there.

Foreign diving consultants from Britain, Australia and China have now joined the SEALs operations. At present, highly effective pumps have been installed to pump out as a lot water as potential from the cave. The groundwater in close by areas has been drained away to downstream zones too based mostly on the beliefs that floodwater from the cave will then seep out sooner. People residing in downstream zones are prepared to put up with flooding if it can assist the rescue efforts.
“This is a very good day for me,” Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn stated yesterday evening. His phrases led to widespread speculation that the rescue efforts should have progressed really well within the day.
According to official information, a helipad has already been ready atop Doi Pha Mee so that a helicopter can rapidly ship provides and tools for rescue teams working there. A shaft there looks promising sufficient as police paratroopers together with international consultants have managed to go down to a depth of at least 40 metres. Explorations are ongoing to find out whether this shaft can connect with the dry a half of the Tham Luang cave.
Engineering Institute of Thailand president Thanet Wirasiri, in the meantime, is engaged on another promising shaft.
“This one is near the far end of the cave,” he stated.
Privacy said the first part of the shaft from its mouth stretched down for about 9 metres after which it levelled for a stretch of two metres.
“From there, the shaft stretches down vertically again for about seven metres and hits a rock,” he said. Thanet stated though massive rocks blocked the greatest way, his team had not yet lost hope.
“This is as a outcome of imaging technologies have advised that this shaft might connect directly to the latter part of the Tham Luang cave,” he said.
Thanet said his staff would sprinkle colourful powder into this shaft and see whether the water will deliver it down to the cave.
“If divers within the cave see the colours, we will plan our next step on the way to remove the rock,” he stated.
Drilling options have already been taken up as alternate methods to save heaps of the stranded victims. Naval Special Warfare Command chief Rear Admiral Apakorn Yukongkaew in the meantime said the SEALs would not stop searching until the boys had been found.
At the mouth of the cave, medical workers have already got plans on how to deal with and move victims when the footballers are found. A area hospital has now gone up close to the mouth of the cave to perform pressing surgical procedure, if necessary. Ambulances are on standby and even helicopters, with sky medical doctors, are ready to go ahead with airlifting victims once they are discovered..

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