Investigators consider the group, who’ve been lacking since Saturday, crawled into the Tham Luang Nang Non Cave via a slender 15-meter lengthy channel.
Rising waters then blocked the trail, which is about as extensive as a single particular person, leaving the group caught contained in the cave community, Kamolchai Kotcha, an official with Thailand’s nationwide parks authority, advised CNN.
“We’ve got been working nearly 24 hours however there are lots of limitations, the caves are pitch darkish and really low degree of oxygen in some areas, and scattering rains simply made our activity tougher,” stated Kotcha.
Park officers, native police and 17 SEALs from the Royal Thai Navy have been deployed to help within the search and rescue efforts. Divers will try and enter the channel if the water is obvious sufficient, Kotcha stated.
The 13 individuals, all males from Chiang Rai, have been lacking since 1 p.m. native time Saturday, when a park officer noticed one thing amiss — bicycles parked idly by the doorway to the cave, regardless of it being off-limits.
The cave is situated in a widely known spot for native explorers and vacationers within the northern province of Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai District.
Northern Thailand is legendary for its distant and untouched caves, which draw guests from all over the world.