The Latest: Divers re-enter Thai cave to search for 12 boys

Rescue workers continue to search for a group of missing boys and their coach in a flooded cave, (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)

The latest on a search for 12 boys and their soccer coach in a cave in northern Thailand (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

About a dozen navy SEAL divers and other rescuers have re-entered a cave in northern Thailand to search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who’ve been stranded three nights by flooding.

A group of locals and relatives perform a ritual calling for those are missing at the entrance of the cave, using drums and gongs Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)
A group of locals and relatives perform a ritual calling for those are missing at the entrance of the cave, using drums and gongs Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.
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Even though rain has been falling in the area since Monday night, the first two chambers inside the cave were dry.

A power line was extended into the cave overnight to provide light and ventilation and help divers communicate with those outside.

Navy Lt. Naponwath Homsai said Tuesday morning that divers will enter the water after they reach the third chamber, which was flooded almost to its ceiling on Monday.

“We hope that the water level has gone down, but we will have to see.”

The sprawling cave extends several kilometers with chambers and passageways that change elevation, and officials have said they are hopeful the boys found a safe space away from the floods.

7:20 a.m.

Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water.

Rescuers led by elite navy divers were forced to suspend their search Monday night due to flooding but were to resume Tuesday.

The boys, aged 11-15, and their coach were believed to have entered the cave in Chiang Rai province late Saturday afternoon.

Officials said pouring rain flooded parts of the cave with at least 5 meters (16 feet) of water but they believe the boys are alive.

Officials said the power line would provide lights and ventilation for the rescuers and could help pump out water.

Relatives hold fishing nets, as a symbol to fish out lost spirits inside cave, as a group of locals and relatives perform a ritual calling for those are missing at the entrance of the cave, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)

Relatives hold fishing nets, as a symbol to fish out lost spirits inside cave, as a group of locals and relatives perform a ritual calling for those are missing at the entrance of the cave, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.
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Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water.

A bicycle left by one of the missing boys stands parked outside a flooded cave Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Anguished parents of 12 members of a boys' soccer team missing in a flooded cave in northern Thailand were spending a third night without their children Monday as water continued to rise in the sprawling caverns, forcing rescuers led by elite navy divers to suspend their search. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)
A bicycle left by one of the missing boys stands parked outside a flooded cave Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.
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Anguished parents of 12 members of a boys’ soccer team missing in a flooded cave in northern Thailand were spending a third night without their children Monday as water continued to rise in the sprawling caverns, forcing rescuers led by elite navy divers to suspend their search.

Rescue workers continue to search for a group of missing boys and their coach in a flooded cave, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)

Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water.

Rescue workers continue to search for a group of missing boys and their coach in a flooded cave, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)

Rescue workers continue to search for a group of missing boys and their coach in a flooded cave, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)

Rescue workers continue to search for a group of missing boys and their coach in a flooded cave, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)

Rescue workers continue to search for a group of missing boys and their coach in a flooded cave, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. Electricians are extending a power line into a flooded cave in northern Thailand to help the search and rescue efforts for 12 boys and their soccer coach stranded three nights in the sprawling caverns and cut off by rising water. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)



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