Round 1 p.m. final Saturday, the climate was clear when Prajak Sutham, 14, Pipat Bhodi, 15, and a few of their soccer teammates chained their bikes to a rail, hooked their backpacks over their shoulders, and hiked into Tham Luang Nang Non cave within the mountains of northern Thailand.
The 12 boys, members of the Wild Boars soccer workforce, and their 25-year-old coach, had explored the cave earlier than.
Fashionable with vacationers, it is a spot locals know nicely. For the primary kilometer (0.6 miles) or so contained in the cavernous entrance, limestone rock formations hug excessive ceilings, creating an nearly amphitheater-like ambiance.
Deeper inside, the passages slim into locations the locals warn it isn’t secure to go.
For causes unknown, the boys and their coach ventured on, deeper into the cave community, previous indicators that warn folks to not enter throughout the wet season, which often begins in July.