Thai Cave Rescue: 4 More Brought Out So Far on Second Day

11 July, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Essie Rivera
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A mission to rescue a group of boys and their soccer coach trapped in the flooded cave since June 23 resumed hours earlier.

It took three days, but rescue workers have now pulled all 12 boys from a youth soccer team and their coach out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand. "They are now at the field hospital near the cave", Tossathep Boonthong, chief of the health department in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, told Reuters.

The mission which started Sunday is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this week which would again flood the tunnels with fast-flowing, rising water.

The four boys, rescued on Sunday, were flown by helicopter from the Tham Luang cave to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, located at the heart of Chiang Rai province, about 70 km (40 miles) away. "We can't visit our boys in hospital because they need to be monitored for 48 hours", Somboon told Reuters.

The Thailand authorities have embarked on a rescue operation having assembled the best divers around the world.

The fate of the boys and their coach has gripped Thailand and drawn worldwide media attention.

Monday's mission began with eight boys and their 25-year-old coach still underground, all of whom have spent more than two weeks in the cave in Chiang Rai province.

"The rescue has been huge", said volunteer helper Somjit Saenset, 56.

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Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday's operation the "strongest children" would be brought out first. A search led by Thai navy SEALs and joined by volunteer divers from around the world was fruitless until a pair of British divers came up on the hungry but apparently healthy team. In the videos, two divers can be seen carrying the submarine underwater, and at the end of another video, a boy is seen coming out of the pod.

The source said the boys arrived at the chamber at 4pm after being rescued by foreign and Navy Seal divers from the ledge where they had sheltered from floodwaters for more than a week. Seven boys remain trapped inside with their coach.

A deluge could overwhelm efforts to lower water levels in the caves - more than 32 million gallons of water were pumped out after the boys were found alive last Monday.

"The weather conditions and other environments today are as good as yesterday".

Writing in elegant Thai script, the boys urged their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn't get too much homework after being rescued and couldn't wait to eat their favorite foods again.

Getting to and from where the boys are has been an exhausting round trip, even for the experienced divers. I've told Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken. One was that it was unknown how safe and dry the area where they had taken shelter would stay as Thailand's rainy season, which lasts until at least late October, picks up pace.

"No hugging" or "touching" would be allowed between the boys and their relatives, however, until all medical tests are completed, the official said.

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