Throng of volunteers gather to rescue Thai boys trapped in cave

Ex-Navy Seal dies on mission to deliver oxygen to Thai football team trapped in cave

The fate of the 12 Thai boys stranded in an underground cave for almost two weeks is in the balance as their safety seems threatened not just by the elements but also by those deployed to help them.

Officials prefer to get the boys out as soon as possible because heavy rain expected by Saturday will nearly surely raise water levels in the cave again, making passage in some areas even more hard, if not impossible.

They ventured in while the cave was dry but were caught out by a sudden deluge of rain, which flooded the system. However, cave rescue specialists have cautioned against that approach except as a last resort, because of the dangers it poses.

Infantino said having the Wild Boar soccer team and the coach at the World Cup final in Moscow on July 15 would "undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration".

"At first we thought that we could sustain the kids' lives for a long time where they are now, but now, many things have changed".

It added: "Such situations are larger than sport, but their sport spirits will give them strength to face this challenge".

It finished with the message: "To our soccer family in Thailand, we wish to express our support and love, and we hope the boys and their coach will be together soon with their families".

Chiang Rai Provincial Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn has said the members of trapped group may not be extracted at the same time, depending on their condition.

"Nobody will teach anyone a full cave course, but trying to get them comfortable with masks, with the breathing, [is] completely different", he said.

Rescuers are deciding how to remove the group but have been slowed down by logistical issues including high water levels inside the cave and narrow, flooded passages which would require the boys to dive alone.

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The 12 boys and their coach were found deep inside the cave by two British cave divers on Monday, perched on a rock slab above flood waters, after nine days without food or fresh water.

He said engineers from his Boring Co and SpaceX companies needed to be on site to appreciate the complexities of evacuation. There has been no immediate official reaction to his plans.

The Thai Football Association shared a letter to its Facebook page it had received from FIFA inviting the boys to the World Cup Final.

He said he would not take responsibility for unregistered volunteers after a group got stuck on a mountainside and radioed for help, forcing the Governor to send some members of the official rescue team to bring them back.

Musk hopes his engineers can join the already huge operation being carried out in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex, where dozens of Thai Navy SEALs and worldwide experts are attempting to find a way to get the boys out.

"But even though we have lost one man, we still have faith to carry out our work", said SEAL commander and Rear Adm. Arpakorn Yookongkaew, according to the Post.

He did not elaborate.

The massive operation inside and around Tham Luang Nang Non cave suffered its first death yesterday when a former Thai navy SEAL passed out underwater and could not be revived.

A senior army commander, Maj.

Saman Kuman, a 38-year-old former Thai SEAL who volunteered to help the rescue efforts, died from a lack of oxygen on Friday while delivering oxygen tanks to the cave.

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