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Gallery: Rescuers Race Against Time to Save Soccer Team Trapped in Thai Cave

Complex rescue

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Military personnel cooks dinner for rescuers at the makeshift camp at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest. The complex rescue operation has mobilized hundreds of people.

Cave dive

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A Thai navy diver prepares during rescue operations. The flooded passageways are said to be pitch black, have strong, rushing currents, and in some spots, are too narrow for a person in scuba gear to squeeze through.

Bringing supplies

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Thai divers carry supplies as rescue operations continue for the 12 boys and their coach trapped in the cave. Originally, authorities said the boys may have to stay in the cave for four months, until the weather changes and the cave dries out. However, oxygen levels are now dropping in the cave and monsoon rains forecast for the weekend make that option seem too risky, they now say.

Rescue continues

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Rescue personnel arrive on July 5. Though the boys were in good spirits when seen on video on July 4, they were said to be weak and tired.

Huge undertaking

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The massive rescue operation requires a slew of equipment. Experts are now trying to thread oxygen tubing through the cave to combat dropping oxygen levels. They are also hoping to send fiber optic cable into the bowels of the cave so that the boys can communicate with their families for the first time in two weeks.

Draining the cave

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In this picture taken on July 4, water is pumped from Tham Luang cave during rescue operations. Though workers are continuing to pump water, there seem to be unknown sources of water feeding the cave. Experts doubt that the cave will be drained enough for the boys and their coach to walk out before rains arrive on Sunday (July 8).

A whole country watches

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Family members pray before a shrine near the cave. The boys and their soccer coach have been trapped inside the cave since June 23, and have not spoken to their families in that time.

Clock ticking

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Rescuers continue with the operation to extract the soccer team from the cave. The window of opportunity to attempt a risky dive operation is very small, experts say.

Setting up supply

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Workers run electric cable near the Tham Luang cave. The complex rescue operation will likely happen in the next day.