Rescuers are now able to enter the cave and make it as far as chamber three – about 1.5km into the cave network – without scuba gear.
“The water has been reduced by 40% so we can enter the cave without any diving equipment,” said Poonsak Woongsatngiem, a rescue official with Thailand Interior Ministry.
Officials have warned that chamber three still has water reaching up to the roof of the cave and so the focus is now on draining chamber three and the 2.5km passage from chamber three to where the boys are currently sheltering.
“The so-called chamber three is still in crucial stage. We want to drain water as much as we can,” said Poonsak. “However, I couldn’t estimate the depth. It varies because some areas may be deeper. We target the water in the third chamber to reduce to the point that no diving equipment is needed, like to the waistline, so one can wear just life jackets and walk out.”
וויכטיג מאכער: סאו ווען ס'מאכצעך אז א ניק פרעגט באמת א פראגע, קריגט ער אן ענטפער, שטייצעך אויב סיז דא, אבער ווען א ניק נוצט זיין קיבארד צו פארהיילן א ווייטאג, טריי איך געווענליך אים נישט צו שטערן.