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Thai cave rescue: boys' may not be able to survive psychologically if the are trapped for months

Evening Standard, 4th July 2018

Dr Michael Drayton, associate of the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, told the Standard that "it's going to be very difficult, if not impossible, for them to be there for months". 

The expert added: "I think the key issue is of psychological survival. It would be very difficult to survive in that environment for more than a few months." 

Dr Drayton said the young boys "must have been terrified and frightened" during the nine-day period that rescue teams desperately tried to find them within the cave complex. 

He added: "They would have been disoriented by not having eaten. And when kids are frightened they want their mums, so they will have been affected by not having their caregivers."

But Dr Drayton said the group are "tough kids" who were likely kept alive by a belief that they were going to be found. 

"A key factor that would have been helping them is the belief that they will be found," he said. 

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