Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Eight Boys Rescued from Flooded Thai Cave

Fighting time, high waters, divers prepare to rescue second group of Thai boys from cave 4 freed from Thailand cave, but rescuers face 'war with water and time' to get to others
Deanna Wagner | 11 July, 2018, 01:46

The rescue of the remaining boys and their football coach is being carried out by trained divers who are helping them through the flooded cave network.

Fox News broke in to report Monday morning that the fifth boy has been rescued from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in northern Thailand, where a group has been trapped for more than two weeks.

An aide to the Thai Navy SEAL commander says four boys were brought out of the flooded cave in northern Thailand on Monday and the ongoing rescue operation is over for the day.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived in Chiang Rai and visited the eight rescued boys in the hospital Monday night, according to Osatanakorn.

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 doctors are evaluating when the parents and other relatives can visit the boys in hospital.

The boys, ranging in age from 11-16, have been trapped in the cave system since June 23, after heavy rains flooded the cave system.

Musk said: "Continue to be amazed by the bravery, resilience and tenacity of kids and diving team in Thailand". A retired Thai Navy SEAL assisting with the operation died Friday after running out of oxygen, underlining the danger of the rescue. The boys and their coach have been stranded about four kilometers inside the cave.

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The perilous rescues have involved two divers accompanying each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them. 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. Their families were being kept at a distance because of fears of infection, and the emaciated-looking boys were eating a rice-based porridge because they were still too weak to take regular food, authorities said.

Thai officials had said Sunday that they were temporarily suspending the rescue effort so they could replenish oxygen supplies and other gear. More than 100 rescuers, including 18 divers, were involved in Monday's rescue effort.

Rescue mission chief Narongsak Osotanakorn said Monday's rescue operation was two hours shorter than the previous one after authorities reviewed the process to make it sharper.

He said the health of the five people remaining in the cave was "still good" and rescuers would resume an operation to retrieve them in about 20 hours' time.

"I'm hoping for good news today".

A search and rescue operation was mounted soon after they were reported missing, and military divers have since rescued five of the boys. Pairs of divers shepherded the boys on the long and painstaking journey out of the cave, navigating muddy and silty water through tight passages. I've told Yod to get ready to take me out for fried chicken. On top of all the concerns inside the cave, Thailand's rainy season is looming.

The president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time.