Chiang Rai, Thailand (CNN)A medical assessment of the 12 boys and their football coach stuck in a cave in Northern Thailand has concluded that it is too dangerous to try to move the group out Thursday, according to a member of the Thai Navy Seals who is not authorized to speak to the media. The Seals have also started to pump oxygen into the chamber.
Separately, a new doctor’s report highlighted that two of the boys and the coach were suffering with exhaustion from malnutrition. Fresh details of the operation underway at the Tham Luang Nang Non to free the team were emerging on Thursday, as rescuers pushed ahead with multiple plans to extricate the group trapped underground for almost two weeks.More rain is forecast this weekend, putting pressure on rescuers to formulate a plan to extract the boys before flood waters rise any higher. JUST WATCHEDNew video shows boys in cave, wrapped in foil blanketsReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
New video shows boys in cave, wrapped in foil blankets 04:28Huge volumes of water are being pumped out of the cave complex each day, but the narrow, winding passages inside are still flooded, meaning diving through the murky water is currently the only way in and out.Read MoreRescuers entering the cave complex located in northern Thailand have to navigate dark, flooded tunnels for six hours to reach the team. It takes another five hours to return to the entrance.Around the camp which has sprung up near the cave entrance, Thai military divers have set up an encampment with diving gear and equipment, while people from the local community hand out food to rescuers, other volunteers and the small army of press on site.Why will it take so long to rescue the trapped Thai soccer team? Trying to stop the water Despite spending almost two weeks underground, Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said Thursday the boys were in good spirits.”I confirm here again that they are in good health and they are smiling and playing around,” he said. International rescue effort
Thailand may be leading the search to free 12 boys and their coach from a cave in the country’s north, but many other countries are contributing assistance.
Australia — Australian police divers are taking part in rescue efforts and helping with planning.
China — Six rescue specialists from NGO Beijing Peaceland Foundation are assisting Thai divers.
Israel — Israel’s Maxtech Networks is providing radio and communication equipment.
Laos and Myanmar — Thailand’s neighboring countries each sent rescue workers and divers.
UK — Two UK divers were first to discover the boys, earning one a commendation from the British Cave Rescue Council.
US — US Indo-Pacific Command (PACOM) sent 30 military personnel, including divers.
The last images the world saw of the boys was on Wednesday in a video where they introduced themselves one-by-one, saying “I am healthy.”Since they were found late Monday local time by a duo of British expert cave divers, Thai Navy SEALs have stayed with the team, tending minor wounds and giving them food to build up their strength.The boys remain weak after spending days in the darkness, barely moving from the small, muddy ledge, away from the water.While rescuers are trying to pump enough water out of the cave to allow the boys to simply walk out, Thai Navy SEALs are also teaching them how to scuba dive.The boys would need to wear full-face diving masks to enter the narrow tunnels in moving water, though many experts say this would be a dangerous option for novice divers. In an attempt to maintain the boys’ morale, rescue teams have prioritized installing a line of communication between the boys and their parents. However, they were still attempting to connect them Thursday after earlier efforts failed when the line became damaged after falling into water. On Thursday, CNN saw an old-style military phone and loops of cable being carried into the cave by engineers. JUST WATCHEDEx-Navy SEAL predicts fatalities if Thai kids diveReplayMore Videos …MUST WATCH
Ex-Navy SEAL predicts fatalities if Thai kids dive 02:20Lessons from Chile: 2 doctors involved in the rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners share their insightSearch for other entrances continuesAs divers work in tunnels deep below ground, teams are also scouring the hillside above the caves, looking for possible entry points to the chamber where the boys are sheltering.”We are drawing our jungle trekking resources together. There are about 20 to 30 teams,” Osottanakorn said.”Now we are going to walk around that area to search every inch, (to see if) there are chimneys or holes where we can climb down, and we may adjust our plan.”Cave expert: Thai rescue is one of the toughest I've seenThe teams searching for another route through a natural chimney were dispatched following reports that the boys had told divers they heard dogs barking, a rooster crowing and children playing, possibly indicating a shaft leading up to the surface.”There has been reports that kids have heard sounds from chickens and birds,” Ben Reymenants, a Belgian who owns a diving shop in Thailand and has been assisting with the rescue efforts, told CNN. “Were those hallucinations or did they really hear it? Because that would mean there is livestock nearby or at least a forest which would make an alternative entrance possible.”Osottanakorn said that teams on the surface were no longer drilling into the rock to create new shafts, but are focusing efforts on finding existing chimneys. “We are no longer digging — we will find a way that can give us access (without digging) direct to the area where the boys are,” he said.Rains a constant concernRescue coordinators are warily eying the skies for further downpours, which could imperil the rescue mission. “In the previous days we were fighting with time. And now we are working against water,” Osottanakorn said.”We are draining out as much as our capacity allows. But water continues to flow in, no matter how many holes have been blocked, water still continues to pour in.”The British divers who found the trapped Thai team are no strangers to perilous rescuesOsottanakorn said rescuers were at the mercy of the rainy season, and may have to act quickly to beat fresh downpours.”If we must evacuate (the boys) out before they are ready due to the rain … we will do so, but it will be the very last resort to do so,” he said.CNN Weather reports that while rain can’t be ruled out, there is a likelihood that the area will remain relatively dry until at least Saturday. The chance of rainfall increases from Sunday, and alongside the increased rainfall is the threat of heavier downpours. Thai rescue drama cave likely to become tourist destination, officials sayInternational effortsThai Navy divers have brought in substantial supplies — including food and water for at least two weeks along with aluminum blankets, with support from Australian and other international divers, according to a statement from the Australian Federal Police (AFP).The AFP’s Specialist Response Group (SRG) personnel are among the many divers and support staff who have been sent by a number of nations. Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in cave Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThis image, taken from video on Monday, July 2, shows the youth soccer team that has been trapped in a Thai cave since June 23.Hide Caption 1 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveDivers have been able to bring food, blankets and other supplies to the boys while experts debate how to get them out safely. The team was found around two kilometers (1.24 miles) into the cave and somewhere between 800 meters to one kilometer below the surface, according to a British Cave Rescue Council briefing note.Hide Caption 2 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThe team was found alive by British divers. The search has brought rescue teams from all over the world.Hide Caption 3 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveA Thai military medic provides first aid to one of the boys.Hide Caption 4 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai police take a break for breakfast as rescue operations continue on Wednesday, July 4.Hide Caption 5 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveWater is pumped out of the cave during rescue efforts on Tuesday, July 3.Hide Caption 6 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveWorkers fix the road leading to the cave on July 3.Hide Caption 7 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveDivers prepare a light to be used for the underwater search on Monday, July 2.Hide Caption 8 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRescue workers wait at the entrance to the cave on July 2.Hide Caption 9 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveSome of the team’s family members celebrate after receiving news that the team was alive.Hide Caption 10 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveTechnicians lift water pumps to the drilling site on Sunday, July 1.Hide Caption 11 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveSoldiers and rescuers work outside the cave complex on July 1.Hide Caption 12 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveMonks attend a Buddhist prayer for the team on July 1.Hide Caption 13 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveScuba tanks are delivered to the search site on July 1.Hide Caption 14 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRescue workers carry water-pumping equipment into the cave on July 1.Hide Caption 15 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveA Thai Air Force worker drops near a possible cave opening on Saturday, June 30.Hide Caption 16 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveBritish cave diver Robert Charles Harper explores an opening on Friday, June 29.Hide Caption 17 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRelatives of the trapped team members pray on Wednesday, June 27.Hide Caption 18 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveFamily members waited more than a week for news of their loved ones.Hide Caption 19 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai soldiers bring hoses and additional water pumps as the search for the team continued on June 27.Hide Caption 20 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveVolunteer paramedics wait near the cave entrance on June 27.Hide Caption 21 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveA rescuer looks for a cave entrance on June 27.Hide Caption 22 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveRescuers search the cave on Tuesday, June 26.Hide Caption 23 of 24 Photos: Thai soccer team trapped in caveThai soldiers relay cable at the search site on June 26.Hide Caption 24 of 24The Australians on the ground “remain closely engaged in efforts to support and sustain the group, as well as in planning. This includes supporting the Royal Thai Navy to transport food, water and first aid supplies into the cave system through to the group.”They are also cooperating with Thai Navy colleagues and the wider international dive teams to stock dive tanks and other equipment throughout the route to aid the eventual evacuation of the isolated cavern.They are part of an international contingent that includes teams from the US military, the UK, and China.