“No, not at the moment,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, the governor of Chiang Rai province, stated early Saturday morning after being pressed by reporters on rescue efforts.
On Friday, Thai Navy SEAL chief Rear Adm. Aphakorn Yoo-kongkaew stated oxygen ranges within the cave had dropped to 15%, a stage that one Thai medic stated posed a critical danger of hypoxia, the identical situation that causes altitude illness.
Governor Osottanakorn stated “air is a significant challenge,” however added that UK specialists had confirmed the circumstances within the chamber the place the kids are situated have been “alright.”
“The children are nonetheless are capable of stroll round, mess around comfortably,” he stated. “If (there may be) heavy rain and the scenario will not be good, we are going to attempt.”
Among the youngsters’s mother and father have despatched letters however the governor stated he was was unsure if the trapped boys had learn them.
Authorities had initially instructed the most secure technique for the stricken crew, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, can be to maintain them within the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complicated till the monsoon season had handed in October and water ranges had subsided sufficient for them to stroll out.
Extra heavy rain is predicted to fall over the weekend however the governor emphasised that rescuers would solely attempt to free the crew if the chance to their lives was minimal.
“We’re afraid of the climate and the (lack of) oxygen within the cave however we have now to attempt to set the plan and discover which plan is the very best.”
One restoration technique the rescuers have been pursuing consists of becoming the group with full-face oxygen masks and accompanying them on a protracted, harmful swim by way of the slim, pitch-black tunnels. Osottanakorn stated the group have been already “studying to dive” however that they weren’t but prepared.
Rescue groups above floor have drilled greater than 100 holes in a bid to discover a path to the trapped Thai cave boys, Osottanakorn stated, however “it would not look promising.”
Rescuers below stress
The demise of an skilled rescue diver within the cave system on Friday underlined the inherent dangers in trying to maneuver the boys.
Former Sgt. Saman Kunan, a Thai ex-SEAL, died at 2 a.m. Friday (2 p.m. Thursday ET), as he returned from an operation to ship oxygen tanks to the cave the place the boys are situated. The 38-year-old ran out of air whereas underwater, an official stated.
A army plane carried Kunan’s physique from Chiang Rai to Satthahip Navy Base Friday night the place a funeral service was scheduled to happen, earlier than a second in his residence city within the province of Roi Et, northern Thailand.
Finnish volunteer diver Mikko Paasi, a long-term resident of Thailand, stated Kunan’s demise had modified the temper on the bottom and made actual for rescuers simply how harmful the mission had develop into.
“Positively you possibly can really feel it that it has an impact, however we’re transferring on. Everyone seems to be an expert so we’re attempting to place it away and keep away from it occurring once more,” he stated, including: “Everyone is specializing in getting these boys out — preserving them alive or getting them out.”
One in all Kunan’s longtime pals, Sgt. Anuram Kaewchano, informed CNN he was shocked to study the information.
“I am unable to consider this occurred,” he informed CNN by cellphone. “He was very match, he exercised day-after-day, and he was a triathlete. Our final journey collectively was to Malaysia.”
He added that the final time the 2 spoke, “we talked in regards to the youngsters — whether or not they have been out but.”
The large operation to rescue the group includes scores of Thai Navy SEALs, along with specialists and volunteer divers from components of Europe and Asia, in addition to Australia and the US.
The members of the Wild Boar soccer crew have been reported lacking two weeks in the past once they did not return from an outing after soccer apply. They entered the cave throughout effective climate however turned trapped when a sudden downpour flooded the slim tunnels.
The 12 boys and their coach have been discovered deep contained in the cave by two British cave divers on Monday, perched on a rock slab above flood waters, after 9 days with out meals or recent water.
Rescue groups have been pumping tens of millions of liters of water from the collapse an try drain the cave however the impending weekend rains threaten to undermine the work.
Thailand’s monsoon season runs from July to October and, whereas the previous few days have been comparatively dry, the long run forecast is rain for months.
CNN’s Kocha Olarn reported from Chiang Rai, Euan McKirdy reported from Hong Kong whereas Lauren Mentioned-Moorhouse reported from London. CNN’s David McKenzie, Rebecca Wright, Karla Cripps and Jo Shelley, and interns Pia Deshpande and Jessie Yeung contributed to this report.