Wednesday, 17 October, 2018


Officials say Thailand's rescued boys in good health, hungry

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Noah Ferguson | 10 July, 2018, 16:40

An eleventh person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day.

"All eight rescued boys today are in good health, none have a fever", Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, told a news conference in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand.

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said earlier the final operation would be "more challenging" because one more survivor would be brought out, along with three Navy SEALs who have been accompanying them.

Dr Richard Harris, 53, an anaesthetist from Adelaide, undertook the unsafe dive to reach the boys and their coach last Saturday, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

Elite divers hauled 4 more young footballers out of a flooded Thai cave on Monday, July 9, authorities said, bringing to 8 the number saved in a stunning rescue mission but still leaving 5 others trapped.

Sunday night, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys to waiting ambulances. "The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission", the publication also quoted him as saying. No boys would be discharged for at least seven days.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting all eight in the nearby hospital that they were helicoptered to, he said.

They will join four other boys who were rescued on Sunday.

Jedsada said the group had been given x-rays and blood tests, adding that the two who presented suspected symptoms of pneumonia were "in a normal state".

Among these were that none of the boys had scuba diving experience, and that they could easily panic while swimming underwater in darkness.

"Doctors have treated the boys and now all of them are okay and cheerful". They were still wearing sunglasses as a precaution while their eyes adjusted to the light, he added.

Family members were allowed to visit the four boys who were rescued first on Monday evening, but they were kept separated by a glass window because of fears over infections. They were also able to talk on the phone.

A teacher of the Mae Sai Prasitsart school, attended by numerous boys, said preparations were made to manage the mental health impacts on the boys and that they would not have to sit an exam scheduled for next week.

"All of them have an increase in white cells in the blood, which indicates infections, so we have given them antibiotics as a precaution", Chokedamrongsuk said. Their 25-year-old football coach was the last to come out.

Musk himself apparently flew to Thailand, posting a video from inside one of the caves to his Instagram account...

Osatanakorn announced the start of the latest rescue mission to applause and cheers in the local government courtyard that has become a centre for Thai volunteers and the world's media.

The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the danger of the journey even for professionals.

The Seals, the key force in the operation, posted on their official Facebook page that Tuesday would be a longer day than Monday.

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