Monday, 16 July, 2018

DoD Personnel Assist in Thai Cave Rescue Operations

British diver Robert Charles Harper British diver Robert Charles Harper Credit REUTERS Soe Zeya Tun
Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2018, 17:59

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said rescuers had learned from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out as scattered monsoon rains continued to risk flooding the tunnels with water.

"Coordination and interaction with Thai military, Thai government, and other multinational civilians and government entities remains extremely positive and effective", he said. The rescue mission is still underway.

Asked whether the remaining four "Wild Boars" team and their coach would come out at the same time in the next rescue effort, he said: "It depends on the plan".

Boys from the soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets react to the camera in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a July 3, 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal. As of this midday Monday, eight of the 12 boys had been rescued, and operations were ongoing.

Last Friday, an ex-Navy SEAL died while placing oxygen tanks along the 4.7-kilometer (2.9-mile) evacuation route. "His sacrifice will not be forgotten".

After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers.

The risky underwater rescues - considered a last resort - involve two divers accompanying each of the boys, none of whom had experience diving before they were found on July 2.

Narongsak said Monday's rescues involving 18 divers and a support team of 100 had taken nine hours, two fewer than the rescues on Sunday.

Thai boys lost weight but generally well after cave ordeal
While their parents have been able to visit them, they have been kept separate "through the glass because doctors are concerned". None of the first group of four boys to emerge has a fever, and the two boys that had lung infections are improving.

A spokesperson from the Thai public health authority said that they were in "high spirits" and also claimed that as they are football players, they have high immune systems.

The first eight boys rescued are in good mental and physical health and are asking for chocolate, officials said Tuesday, although two were on antibiotics after being tested for pneumonia.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who executed the unsafe rescue mission, guiding boys who can barely swim and have no diving experience through a treacherous 4-kilometre-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned and rose and fell inside the mountain cave complex. "We can see that everything is okay as they're eating well", said Thongchai Lertwilairattanapong, Inspector General of the Public Health Ministry.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.
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"I'm hoping for good news".

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

Still, health officials were wary of possible infections "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave". "It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids" soccer team. However, doctors treating the boys said it was too soon for them to make the trip.