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This is how, and why, explorers go cave diving

Bring multiple light sources, more than enough air, and follow the line.
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Matt Covington surfaces from an exploration dive in a cave in southern Mexico in 2009.

Marcin Gala / U.S. Deep Caving Team

[Update on Tuesday, July 10: the entire soccer team, plus the team's coach, have safely made it out of the cave.]

With 12 boys trapped 2.5 miles deep in a cave in northern Thailand, one likely way for them to exit the winding chamber is for them to dive through the flooded portions—with help from

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