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Divers try new route to rescue Thai children

A newly-discovered opening to a flooded Thai cave where 12 children and their football coach have been stuck for six days raised hopes for the massive rescue operation for survivors on Friday.

The harrowing around-the-clock search for the boys has been hampered by torrential rains and fast-flowing flood waters that have cut off rescuers from where the boys are believed to be stuck.

Crying relatives have camped out at the site with chanting monks for nearly a week since the team and their 25-year-old coach went missing, desperately waiting for news. Messages of support and prayers for the young football team, aged between 11 and 16, were sent to the families.

On Friday, a rescue team entered a 40-metre-long chimney near the centre of the cave that led to a muddy chamber beneath, according to the governor of Chiang Rai province.

We might have good news

But it was not clear whether the air pocket connected to the massive Tham Luang cave where the youngster footballers are trapped. “We might have good news... but it could be a dead end as well,” governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said.


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