Entire school football team trapped in cave

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Entire school football team trapped in cave


'The group was apparently trapped when a heavy rainstorm flooded a stream at the cave's entrance' (stock photo)
‘The group was apparently trapped when a heavy rainstorm flooded a stream at the cave’s entrance’ (stock photo)

Search and rescue teams are racing against time to locate a dozen members of a youth football team believed to be trapped in a cave in northern Thailand.

Police said that local authorities, police and rescue workers are working with divers to find the 12 boys aged 11-15 and their coach, who are believed to have entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province late on Saturday afternoon.

The group was apparently trapped when a heavy rainstorm flooded a stream at the cave’s entrance.

Police spokesman Komsan Saardluan said parts of the cave, which is an estimated 8km long, get flooded to a height of as much as five metres during the rainy season, which runs from June to October.

Footage on Thai television showed bikes and backpacks left at the cave entrance.

The team members are believed to come from various schools in the province and are thought to have been practising before going to the park where the cave is located.

The search began at around midnight on Saturday after police received a report of a missing child from a mother.

Irish Independent

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