NOT since 2010 has the story of a rescue attempt captured the world’s attention like that of the Thai soccer team trapped in flooded caves. And it is that story from almost eight years ago which should give hope to the boys’ parents, waiting desperately for news at the entrance to the caves.

On October 13, 2010, one billion people watched live TV pictures as 33 Chilean miners who had been stuck 2,300ft underground for 69 days were brought out alive.

Trapped by a “megablock” of fallen stone after an explosion, the group were eventually freed after a mass rescue effort which saw scores of exploratory boreholes drilled, then an escape tunnel created complete with purpose-built capsule.

Rescue plans being drawn up for the young footballers and their coach sound equally complex, and time is tight with more rain forecast in the coming days.

That they have been located in the first place was due to the determination of the Thai authorities, and skill of elite cave divers from the UK who offered their services.

Their talents will be tested the limits over the coming days, if the plan to teach the boys to dive out is the option chosen as having the best chance of success.

It will be fraught with danger, but as the Chilean miners found, when you have the hopes and prayers of your nation, international goodwill, and a host of world experts on your side, a seemingly insurmountable problem can be overcome.