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The Myanmar Rescue Team joins the search for Thai footballers who have gone astray.
Chang-mai, Thailand - A Myanmar based emergency response force joins the quest on Thursday for 12 missed young football players and their trainer to be captured in the Tham Luang Cave near the Myanmar-Mae Sai frontier in the Chiang Rai area. At the wish of the Thailand authorities, the crew participates in the mission.
The Thai authority asked for help because the cave's exit points are said to be on the Myanmar side of the Thai frontier, in the Tachileik district of Shan State. On Thursday, President Myanmar's office also stated that it had instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Shan State Administration to fully co-operate with the Thai authority in the search for the group.
"The Thai government said there were exit points on Myanmar's side and asked them to verify that the persons in the area were still there. Seeking is now underway," said U Tun, Thai-Myanmar Liaison Officers in the Tachileik District Administration Office. Myanmar's emergency response force consists of Myanmar Fire Department, Red Cross and various charitable organizations.
You have started the quest in a cavern that is probably linked to Tham Luang where the group of 13 people have been missed for six nights. In the meantime, Thai volunteer and army crews, 45 of them Thai Navy SEALs, have been sent to the submerged cavern compound, which is 10 km below a hill in the north of the country, Reuters states.
Also the US army has sent a searching and rescuing crew at the Thai government's demand. Thai PBS on Thursday cited Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd as saying that Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wanted to come to the caves either on Friday or Saturday to see the lost people' homes and provide morale assistance to the emergency response services.