Conditions ‘perfect’ for evacuation of Thai boys

Conditions are “perfect” to evacuate a young football team from a flooded Thai cave in the coming days, before fresh rains and a possible rise in carbon dioxide further imperil the group, the rescue mission chief said on Saturday.

“Now and in the next three or four days, the conditions are perfect (for evacuation) in terms of the water, the weather and the boys’ health,” Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters.

“We have to make a clear decision on what we can do.”

Rescuers have fed a kilometres-long air pipe into the cave to restore oxygen levels in the chamber where the team are sheltering, accompanied by medics and expert divers.

Meanwhile the 25-year-old coach Ekkapol Chantawong, the only adult to accompany the boys into the cave, sent his “apologies” to their parents, in a note given to divers on Friday

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