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UNFÄLLE: Rettung aus der Höhle in Thailand infographic

Thai Rettungskräfte im Rennen gegen die Zeit

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July 6, 2018 -- Sinkende Sauerstoffversorgung und die Aussicht auf schwere Regenfälle erhöhen den Druck auf die Behörden, die einen Rettungsplan für die 12 Buben und ihren Trainer ausarbeiten, um sie aus der Höhle zu befreien.

The death of a former Thai navy diver while on an oxygen supply mission highlights the risks for the boys, who have no scuba diving experience, if authorities decide they should attempt to swim out of the flooded cave.

Officials are warning that oxygen levels inside the cave are falling as rescuers are racing to get more oxygen pipes into the cave.

Rescuers, including international teams, are pondering other ways to bring the group out before heavy rains hit the country’s north which could further hamper the rescue operation.

Rescue alternatives include teaching the boys to dive and then swim out, a highly risky venture, remaining in the cave for months until the wet season ends and flood waters recede, or drilling a shaft into the cave from the forest above.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their assistant coach were found inside the Tham Luang cave in northern Chiang Rai province on July 2, after nine days underground. They went missing after setting out to explore the cave on June 23.

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