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British cave divers join rescue effort in Thailand for 13 people stranded; Major General Bancha Duriyapat said rescuers were continuing to work despite the rain and setbacks.

Byline: James Rodger

British experts and a US military team and have joined the rescue effort in northern Thailand for 12 boys and their football coach stranded for a fifth day inside a cave.

A Thai army general coordinating the rescue said on Thursday morning that overnight rain had raised water levels again and authorities switched off power and water pumps for fear of electrical hazards.

Major General Bancha Duriyapat said rescuers were continuing to work despite the rain and setbacks.

The boys and coach entered the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province on Saturday afternoon. The cave floods severely in rainy season.

Authorities have expressed hope there are dry places on higher ground within the cave where the group may be able to wait.

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Publication:Coventry Telegraph (Coventry, England)
Geographic Code:9THAI
Date:Jun 28, 2018
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