The weather in Chiang Rai, Thailand, where the boys and their coach are trapped in a cave, is “actually quite dry,” said CBS News foreign correspondent Ben Tracy. “Today they are really catching a break from the weather” of the rainy season, Tracy said.
Since it is rainy season, you can expect almost everyday you will get some type of rain. But in the past few days, they have avoided the heavy downpours that can flood the cave. There was some rain on Sunday, which caused some water to go into the cave, but officials were able to pump an almost equal amount of water out.
At some point, there was talk of leaving of the boys in the cave throughout the rainy season, Tracy said. But then oxygen started running low in the cave, and officials also worried the little piece of real estate the boys and their coach have could be lost.
The current rescue operation is not, Tracy said, “the preferred option.” But officials decided “the risk of leaving them there was greater.”
The rescued boys will be in quarantine for at least 24 hours, Tracy reports. Tracy also noted that the glimpse we’ve seen of the trapped boys showed they appeared to be in good spirits.