Video: Meet the Thai Soccer Players Trapped in a Cave

Thai rescue teams have released a new video of the youth soccer team trapped in a deep underground cave since June 23. The latest footage shows the 12 boys and their coach in good health while authorities continue work on a plan to free them.

The boys can be seen perched on a ledge above flood waters as they introduce themselves one-by-one, some laughing and smiling as they address the camera, the BBC reported.

The 12 boys—aged 11 to 16—and their 25-year-old coach were found by divers on Monday, nine days after they were trapped deep in a cave complex by rising water. More than 1,000 Thai troops have been joined by rescue workers from all over the world at the Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Rai as authorities consider how best to free the team.

Boys from a youth soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave are pictured covered in hypothermia blankets in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a July 3, 2018 video by a Thai Navy SEAL. Thai Navy Seal/Handout via REUTERS

Seated next to rescued divers and illuminated by torches, each boy gives a traditional Thai greeting to the camera and says his name. Some tell the camera they are healthy and thank all those working on the rescue. Another video shows some members of the group being treated for minor injuries by a military doctor.

On Tuesday, rescuers said it could take up to four months to get the team to safety. Much of the treacherous route into the cave is flooded, meaning the boys will either have to learn diving skills or wait for the water to recede at the end of the rainy season in October. Some of the boys cannot even swim, making the first option even more daunting.

Rescuers have said they will not risk the boys' safety in an attempted rescue. "They don't have to leave all at once. Those who are ready can come out first," said Narongsak Osotthanakon, governor of Chiang Rai. "We are reassessing the situation daily. We have to see they are ready," he explained.

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Any evacuation effort would take the boys 2.5 miles back to the entrance of the cave, through narrow and twisting passageways, many of which are flooded. At some points, passages are so narrow that a person cannot fit through while wearing an oxygen tank.

The team appears to be in relatively good health and divers have delivered fresh medical supplies and food. At least two Navy SEAL divers will remain with the group at all times for the duration of their stay in the cave.

Authorities are continuing to pump water from the system and officials said on Wednesday they are managing to stop any more water entering the chamber where the boys are trapped. The rainy season has only just started, meaning engineers face a tough battle to keep the water level steady or reduce it. There are fears that a new storm could entirely flood the chamber in which the boys have taken refuge.

Ben Reymenants, one of the divers assisting the operation, told NBC News the easiest option would be to keep pumping water out of the cave until "they can literally float them out with life jackets, but time is not on their side. They're expecting heavy thunderstorms and rain which might flood the entire cave system, making the rescue impossible at that stage."

Yesterday, troops and medics were rehearsing for a possible rescue effort while engineers attempted to install a phone line to allow those trapped to speak to their families. Other emergency teams are scouring the mountains above the cave complex looking for another way out.