Thai Coach of Children Trapped in Cave Offers ‘Apologies’ to Parents – Reports

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The 25-year-old coach of a youth football team, Ekkapol Chantawong, trapped inside a flooded cave system in Northern Thailand has offered his “apologies to the parents” of the children in a note released by the Thai Navy on Saturday, AFP reported.

According to AFP, it is the first message from Ekkapol Chantawong in a note given to a diver on Friday but published on the Thai Navy Seal Facebook page on Saturday, the only adult with children trapped inside a massive cave system.

“To all the parents, all the kids are still fine. I promise to take the very best care of the kids,” Ekkapol Chantawong was quoted as saying by AFP. “Thank you for all the moral support and I apologise to the parents.”

The first message from Chantawong has reportedly split Thai social media. According to AFP, some netizens have lauded him after reports he gave his share of food to the kids. Others have criticised him for agreeing to take the children into the cave during the monsoon season.

On Friday, Thai Navy Seal Commander Rear Admiral Apakorn Yookongkaew said that a Thai Navy diver has died after falling unconscious from lack of oxygen in the cave where 12 boys and their…

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