Thai boys supplied with food as military weighs rescue options

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Food and medical help has reached the 12 boys and their football coach who were found weakened but safe deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand nine days after they went missing.

A Thai Navy SEAL commander on Tuesday said the boys and their coach were accompanied by seven SEAL members, and that all those stuck in the cave complex are well.

"Among [the SEALs] is one doctor and a medical science nurse. We have given the boys food, starting with easily digested and high-powered food with enough minerals," SEAL commander Arpakorn Yookongkaew said at a news conference.

The boys went missing after the cave complex in Thailand's northern Chiang Rai province was flooded by heavy monsoon rains.

The Thai military said the the boys and coach will have to learn to dive in order for them to leave cave complex, as waiting for the floodwater to recede could take months.

"It is one of the plans (to dive out). But if we are using this plan, we have to be certain that it will work and have to have a drill to ensure it's 100 percent safe," Arpakorn said.

The news that the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach had been found sparked jubilation across Thailand.

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