A Thai doctor, who said he had experience in a Nepali cave rescue, says that since the trapped boys had access to clean water they could easily survive between 20 and 60 days.
Dr Thanasarn Narutisathaporn has offered to help save the 12 children and their football coach who have been trapped for days in a flooded cave in Chiang Rai.
The doctor arrived at the Luang Cave in Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park on Thursday to present to Chiang Rai governor a plan for medical preparation if the rescue is completed.
Saying he needed to know their weight and height to calculate their fluid loss, Thanasarn said providing warm blood and saline water and warmed blankets would be important. Vitamin B1 nutrient must be provided intravenously, he said.
As they obviously had water, they might survive for between 20 to 60 days depending on their weight, with heavier people likely to survive longer, Thanasarn told the Nation.
The young footballers and their 25-year-old coach believed to be trapped inside a 10-kilometre-long cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district visited the cave in late December 2016.
Photos in Facebook of football coach Ekkapon Chantawongse, who last Saturday went into the cave with his 12 teenaged footballers and got stuck inside after a flash flood blocked their way out, show them on a previous visit inside the cave in Tham LuangKhunnam Nang Non National Park.
The photos were stamped December 30, 2016 and Ekkapon wrote that the visit was a special training session prior to a football match.
The missing youth are members of a local football team, the Mu Pa Academy Mae Sai (‘Mu Pa’ refers to wild pigs).
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