Thailand Cave Rescue: Water Levels Down But Monsoon Rains Coming

Elon Musk is in talks with Thai authorities to use his SpaceX and Boring Company technology to find the missing boys.

UPDATE: With heavy rain coming, possibly within hours, rescue teams are looking to get the boys out on Friday. At this point they're seeing how low the water levels can get, because right now it is still too high.

If monsoon rains come and flood the caves again, the boys could be trapped in the cave for months.

Rescue crews in Thailand have spent the night installing an oxygen line into the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped for almost two weeks.

An international rescue effort has been working round-the-clock to free the boys, aged between 11 and 16, who became trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave network in northern Thailand when monsoon rains flooded the passageways.

The junior soccer team and their coach have been found 4km away from the cave's entrance. Photo: Thai Navy SEALS.

They're facing an impossible choice: teach the boys to dive the dangerous waterways that even dive rescue experts find tricky, or leave them in the cave for months until the end of the monsoon season and the rains go down.

Soon, that choice may be made for them: more monsoon rains are expected within days.

The rain has held off overnight as of Friday morning, and round-the-clock pumping of the water has  lowered the water level by 40cm, but if the rains come and the boys are still trapped, then all the good work will be reversed.

Two of the boys and their coach are reportedly suffering from exhaustion and malnutrition, but Ten Eyewitness News has been unable to independently verify this information.

There are also reports that Elon Musk is in talk with Thai authorities to use SpaceX and Boring Company technology to help locate the group's precise location in the cave, which would present a third option of rescue.

Meanwhile, the boys -- who can't swim -- have been provided with diving masks and breathing apparatuses to practice using the equipment.

They have enough food and water to last two weeks, the Australian Federal Police confirmed on Thursday, but if the caves flood again, their rescue make take months.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn thanked everyone involved in the rescue in a public statement on Thursday.

"The circumstances has clearly shown the power of unity in action, power of love and goodwill towards fellow men regardless of race and religious beliefs," he said.

"In this connection, I am pleased to extend the sincerest thanks and appreciation to all concerned and wishing them every success in the coming phases of this endeavour."