Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave
10 July, 2018, 14:55
An ambulance has been seen leaving the site of the Thai cave where divers are carrying out what they hope is a final mission to bring out four boys and their soccercoach still trapped deep inside.
The identity of the rescued boys has not been confirmed by authorities.
The latest rescue operation began at about 10:08 am local time (1.08pm AEST).
The boys were carried out on a stretcher on Tuesday, making them the first two to come out on the rescue's third day.
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.
Four boys and their 25-year-old football coach "will be extracted on Tuesday", rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said. Rescue officials said the team's coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, who also remains stranded, was among "the weakest in the group" because he gave up his share of food and water to the children in the early days of their entrapment.
The first thing the Thai boys rescued from a cave said was that they missed their homes and were happy to be out of the cave, officials at the the Chiang Rai hospital said on Sunday.
Some divers rescuing the boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have traversed about 10 miles (16 km) over the past two days.
As we enter the day three of the Thai cave rescue mission, the public health permanent secretary Dr Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, from the Ministry of Public Health and Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital, spoke to the media this morning (local time) about the health of the eight boys who have been rescued so far.
The first 4 boys who were rescued the other day, aged between 12 and 16, are now allowed to eat normal food once again. Two boys are being treated for mild lung infections, doctors said, adding that medical tests were still ongoing.
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Another four boys were rescued Monday.
Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass isolation barrier, and Jedsada said doctors may let the boys walk around their beds Tuesday.
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