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Thai boys learning scuba diving to get out of flooded cave

Thai rescuers are giving swimming and scuba diving lessons to 12 boys, all members of a soccer team, and their coach in preparation for getting them out of a flooded cave where they have been trapped for 11 days.

Some Navy divers and medics have already reached the boys in a dry area more than two miles inside the cave, bringing them food, blankets, and other supplies. Another 30 divers are being sent in Wednesday to help get them out. Authorities said the boys, between the ages of 11 and 16, might be brought out in phases, as conditions permit, but dismissed as speculation that the children could be trapped for up to four months. "All 13 don't have to come out at the same time," Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said. "Who is ready first can go first."