4 more boys brought out of flooded Thailand cave

11 July, 2018, 10:31 | Author: Wade Massey
  • 4 more boys brought out of flooded Thailand cave

Authorities have said the mission could take three or four days to complete.

But he could not confirm if all five would come out today. Ninety divers are involved in the rescue.

In the last 18 days, what began as a local search for the missing 13 turned into a complex rescue operation, involving hundreds of experts who flew in from around the world to help.

"Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future", he wrote, referring to the "mini-sub" which he has named after the team, the Wild Boars.

The boys and their coach went exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave.

A stretcher carrying what is believed to be a fifth boy rescued from a cave in northern Thailand.

It was not immediately clear on Monday whether more rain overnight had affected water levels inside the cave.

Hundreds of spectators and journalists have gathered in the area around the cave, hoping for news that the boys and their coach would emerge safely. Monsoon flooding blocked off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. The four unidentified boys were the second batch to be retrieved in as many days by ace rescue divers from a deep and winding cave in the northernmost reaches of Thailand.

The boys are being guided out of the cave by two divers with oxygen tanks.

On Sunday, officials waited until several hours after the rescued boys had been transported to hospitals to announce their rescue.

The rescue mission has been a huge operation, led by the Royal Thai Navy's SEAL unit, and supported by a cast of hundreds.

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Four other members of the team were successfully extracted Sunday.

Unconfirmed reports that the boys' coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, was among the first four to be evacuated because of the poor state of his health, were dismissed on Monday.

Their escape led to an explosion of jubilation on social media in Thailand as the rescued boys were rushed to hospital.

Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said it had resumed, with divers re-entering the cave at 11am local time (4pm NZT). I've told Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken.

And although the four had been rescued, there were concerns they may have contracted an illness while in the cave, Narongsak said on Monday.

The only way to bring the boys and their coach out of the cave is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air. That brought the total number of boys rescued to five.

Another video from Thai PBS showed an ambulance arriving at a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai, near the cave network. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting all eight in the nearby hospital that they were helicoptered to, he said.

The trapped boys have been divided into groups. "We've used all the oxygen", Osatanakorn told reporters. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

"In the next few hours we will have good news". 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.

And Gianna Infantino, the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's governing body, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

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