Chiang Rai Governor: Weather is key to extracting stranded boys and coach

The Meteorological Department is keeping a close watch on the weather which Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said must be taken into consideration as to when the 12 local boys and their football coach trapped inside Tham Luang Cave can be safely extracted.

At a press conference on Thursday, Narongsak said that water continues to block routes the trapped football team could otherwise use to travel out of the flooded cave, adding that rescuers are speeding up the water draining process before assessing all possible rescue methods.

Asked when the boys will be able to communicate with their parents, the governor said communication devices are being installed inside the cave but that some of them have been damaged by water.

The governor also asked members of the press to exercise patience because it takes up to 11 hours for individuals to travel between the cave entrance and the point where the boys are located.

He went on to say that rescuers are assessing other possibilities such as lifting the boys out through a nearby blowhole.

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