One of the toughest dives of my life - Thailand cave rescuer

Drive 03/07/2018

It’s a miracle in the making.

The 12 young boys and their football coach were trapped nine days ago in a flooded cave in Thailand.

They were found emaciated on Tuesday (NZ time), waiting for help. Their condition was described as "too weak to move" by CNN's Mark Phillips.

An experienced team of divers found the team safe on a ledge in a cavern in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

One of those divers, Belgian man Ben Reymenants spoke with RadioLIVE's Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen.

Asked what it was like to find the boys alive, Mr Reymenants said: “It’s amazing – I still can’t believe it. They’re all in good shape, we were expecting some casualties. Even their mental health is good – they were talking. But they’re very, very skinny. They’ve lost a lot of their body mass.

“This is one my top five most difficult dives,” he told RadioLIVE.

Attention now shifts to getting the team out, but experts warn this could be a long and arduous task. Urgently need food and medical supplies have been sent to the boys to help them while rescuers plan the mission.

"[We will] prepare to send additional food to be sustained for at least four months and train all 13 to dive while continuing to drain the water," Navy Captain Anand Surawan said, according to a statement from Thailand's Armed Forces.

Listen to the full interview with Ben Reymenants above. 

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