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With 20 smaller water pumps put inside the cave and one high-powered water pump installed outside the cave which has the capacity to pump up to 50,000 litres of water per minute, workers managed to pump water out of the underground pond three kilometres away for the first time late afternoon Wednesday.
Officials were optimistic that they would be able to pump out enough water in about two hours to allow Seal frog men to dive through the 100-metre flooded tunnel and to reach the so-called Pattaya Beach, a sand dune in the inner sanctum of the Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non where the 13 missing footballers and coach were believed to take refuge.
The 20 water pumps inside the cave were supplied by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration which also provided water hoses from fire-fighting unit with a total length of about two kilometres.
As the Seal frog men were advancing deeper into the cave, they placed rope and glow sticks to mark their route toward their destination, which is Pattaya Beach.
At about 4.50 pm today, Maj-Gen Chalongchai Chaiyakham, deputy commander of the Third Army, told the media that the Seal team was yet to reach Pattaya Beach with several hundred metres of distance yet to be covered.