Male, July 7 : As the evacuation options of 12 football players and their coach trapped deep inside a system of caves in northern Thailand on Saturday is being considered, the 25-year-old coach of a youth football team has offered his “apologies to the parents” of the boys in a scrawled note released by the Thai Navy.
Despite concerns over low oxygen levels underground and poor weather forecasts,Narongsak Osottanakorn, the governor of Chiang Rai province said that no rescue efforts are on today as the decision is yet to taken on how the boys can be rescued .
“No, not today,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, after being pressed by reporters on rescue efforts.
“To all the parents, all the kids are still fine. I promise to take the very best care of the kids,” he said in a note given to a diver on Friday and published on the Thai Navy SEAL Facebook page on Saturday.
“Thank you for all the moral support and I apologise to the parents.”
Other touching notes signed by members of the “Wild Boar” team were directed to their families, many of whom have kept an anxious vigil outside the cave for a fortnight.
The coach has been criticized for agreeing to take the kids to the cave during monsoon.
“Don’t worry dad and mum,” said a note from one of the boys who gave his nickname as “Bew”.
“I have been away for two weeks but will come back and help you sell your stuff.” His family are shopkeepers.
Another note, from “Dom” said he was “fine but the weather here is a little cold”.
The boys are being trained in the basics of diving in case the flood waters force authorities into a sudden evacuation through twisting and jagged passageways.
Thailand is holding its breath for the safe return of the group, with heavy rains forecast and fears mounting over the reduced oxygen and high level of water in the cave.