Rescuers work at the entrance to a cave where 12 children and their soccer coach have disappeared in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand, on Friday, June 29, 2018. Rescuers made a hole On the side of a mountain Thursday in a desperate attempt to drain the water that rises from the flooded cave. (Sakchai Lalit / Associated Press)
by Tbadanee Vejpongsa | AP June 28 at 8:55 PM
MAE SAI, Thailand – Flood waters reached the entrance of a Thai cave despite attempts to drain the water so that rescuers could search the complex to 12 children and their soccer coach is now missing for the sixth day.
An effort to drill a hole from the outside seemed to initially succeed, causing the water to spurt out. But the chambers and corridors that lead deeper into the cave remain flooded, frustrating the rescuers' advance.
Ekchawin Longpinit of Thailand's Underground Water Department said that the team that dug to 1 at a depth of 30 meters did not find any well that drains the water successfully. About a dozen workers were drilling in the same place on Friday morning.
Officers are also trying to find the hidden wells on the mountainside that could offer access.
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