Day 2 of Thai boys’ rescue, experts warn of panic while swimming in dark

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A treacherous rescue bid to free a youth football team trapped in a flooded Thai cave entered its second day on Monday, with nine of the “Wild Boars” still inside after elite divers guided four out.Looming rain was one of the main enemies of the operation, threatening to flood the cave complex in mountainous northern Thailand, although a bewildering array of other dangers could also doom the escape plans. Thais have been fixated on the crisis, hoping desperately for the safe return of the boys and their 25-year-old coach, since they became trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex on June 23 because of rising waters.They spent nine days unaccounted for inside the cave, before British divers found the emaciated and dishevelled group huddlingthe “Wild Boar” team were successfully brought out from the cave, after authorities decided they had to rush ahead with a rescue operation to beat monsoon rains. They were guided by expert divers who plotted the hours-long escape through more than four kilometres of twisting passageways and flooded chambers.We’ve been working continuously overnight,” a Chiang Rai government source told AFP on Monday morning, requesting anonymity, and confirming that there had only been a pause of the actual extraction operations.
Authorities continued to refuse to release details about the identities or conditions of the four who had escaped. “Don’t ask these kinds of questions. Not wise questions to ask,” Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters in Bangkok on Monday morning when asked about the conditions of the four.Prayut was scheduled to visit the cave site later on Monday, according to his official schedule. With so few details released, parents continued their agonising wait to be reunited with their sons. “I am still waiting here at the cave, keeping my fingers crossed to see whether my son will be one of those to come out today,” Supaluk Sompiengjai, a mother of Pheeraphat — known by his nickname “Night” — told AFP.

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