Thai rescue workers and technicians are seen at the Tham Luang cave area

The Thai official leading the rescue attempt for 12 boys trapped inside a flooded cave says they are not ready to dive out yet.

The boys and their coach have been inside the cave in Chiang Rai for more than two weeks after floodwater blocked their escape route.

“The boys are not suitable. They cannot dive out at this time – the problem is the children’s readiness to dive, ” said Narongsak Osottanakorn, the commander of the rescue mission.

He said there were no plans to pull the boys out overnight, but if more monsoon rains fell and water rose in the Tham Luang cave rescuers may have to change their plans.

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