Thailand cave rescue: Authorities clear cave site ‘for rescue’

Thai authorities have cleared the site near the entrance to a cave where 12 boys and their coach are trapped, ready for a rescue operation.

It was originally thought that the group could remain in the cave for months, but a bid to evacuate the group may now be imminent or already underway.

Only diving teams, medics and security forces remain at the site.

The boys were exploring the cave on 23 June when they were cut off by water.

Earlier official told the hundreds of journalists gathered at the scene that it is was “necessary to evacuate the area for the rescue operation”.

On Saturday, the leader of the rescue efforts said that teams had a three to four-day window to save the boys and their coach, amid concerns that monsoon rains could further flood the tunnels.

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