“Mom, Dad, I love you guys, and little sister Toi,” wrote Pipat “Nick” Poti, 15. “If I get out please take me to a pork barbecue place. I love you Dad, Mom.”
The boys’ coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, wrote to the mother and father as a gaggle, promising to maintain them as finest as he may. The mother and father had written to him earlier, assuring him that they didn’t blame him for the scenario.
“Thank you all for the support,” the coach wrote. “I deeply apologize to the parents.”
He additionally wrote to his circle of relatives members — an aunt and his grandmother — asking them to not fear an excessive amount of about him. “Aunty, can you please tell granny to prepare vegetable juice and pork snacks?” he wrote. “I’ll eat them when I get out. Love you all.”
— Muktita Suhartono, on the Tham Luang Cave
Why a 15 p.c oxygen stage has rescuers fearful
On Friday, a Thai Navy SEAL commander stated the oxygen stage within the boys’ cavern was about 15 p.c and falling. That is a priority as a result of ranges under 16 p.c may cause oxygen depletion, a situation referred to as hypoxia.
Under regular situations, the air individuals breathe consists of about 21 p.c oxygen, 78 p.c nitrogen and one p.c argon and different gases, together with carbon dioxide. When the combo modifications, people can really feel a spread of well being results, delicate and in any other case.
The United States Federal Aviation Administration reports that hypoxia might trigger complications, nausea, drowsiness, fast respiratory, slurred speech and “diminished thinking capacity,” amongst different issues. It can even end in incapacitation or, in excessive instances, loss of life.
The air in caves tends to be good, and cavers would sometimes fear about excessive concentrations of carbon monoxide, not low concentrations of oxygen, stated Dinko Novosel, the president of the European Cave Rescue Association.