Coach of Thai boys trapped in cave offers apology to parents

Former Thai Navy Seal dies trying to rescue boys trapped in cave

Twelve boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a cave in northern Thailand and, despite the fact that they've been found, their rescue is a whole other challenge.

Chanin "Tun" Wiboonrungrueng, 11: "Dad, Mum, don't worry I'm fine".

"Teacher, don't give us a lot of homework", it concluded.

The rescue effort suffered a disheartening setback Friday with the death of a former Thai navy SEAL diving in the flooded passageways to deliver supplies, as authorities raced against worsening weather and lessening oxygen.

Thai soldiers gather at a command center near the Tham Luang cave area as the rescue operation continues for the 12 boys and their football team coach trapped in the cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, on July 6, 2018.

In a letter sent out through divers Ekapol Chanthawong, the coach of the Wild Boars football team, wrote: "To the parents of all the kids, right now the kids are all fine, the crew are taking good care".

Anxious that heavy monsoon rain could soon make the job even more hard, Thai officials said earlier on Saturday they may need to quickly rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a partially flooded cave by helping them make risky dives to safety. "We want to evacuate all 13 people as soon as possible but I don't want to specify any day and date", Thai junta leader Prayut Chan-ocha (seen in this picture) said. "If I get out please take me to a pork barbecue place".

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Authorities have been racing to pump out water from the cave before more storms in the coming days raise the water levels again.

"We are still in a war against water and time", he said.

"The world of football hopes that someone can find a way to take these kids out of there", he said, according to CNN.

"Love to Mum, Dad and my little brother", reads one note from 15-year-old Phiphat Photi - who is better known as "Nick". I promise I will take care of the children the best I can. You don't need to be anxious about me.

While the boys wait, a major concern of the rescuers is about the percentage of oxygen in the air at the boys' safe space falling and carbon dioxide content increasing, posing a serious health hazard.

The letters were shared on social media by the Thai navy SEALs and translated by ABC News. I love both of you.

One boy, Mick, wrote: "Don't be anxious, I miss everyone".

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"We lost one man, but we still have faith to carry out our work", Yookongkaew said.

Titan's father also wrote in the same piece of paper as: "Dad misses you much". "But don't worry. But don't forget my birthday".

Tragic Saman Kunan, 38, died from a lack of oxygen as he left air tanks along a potential exit route.

The strategically placed air canisters allow divers to stay underwater for longer during what is about a five-hour trip to reach the stranded team.

The dramatic rescue efforts and the boys' plight have garnered worldwide attention, perhaps most notably at soccer's most widely watched event, the World Cup. If that appears likely to happen, Narongsak said, officials could proceed with an underwater rescue.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted that a team from his rocket company SpaceX in Los Angeles is building a mini-sub to help with the rescue. One of his enterprises is Boring Co., which digs tunnels for advanced transport systems and has advanced ground-penetrating radar.

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