Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground
Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground
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11 July, 2018, 03:41
The hazardous bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - started unexpectedly on Sunday when the rescue team said conditions were flawless for the evacuation.
All 12 boys trapped underground in Thailand have been rescued following the "largest, most complex cave rescue in history".
Federation Internationale de Football Association also offered condolences to the family of the Thai Navy SEAL diver who died saving the boys and expressed "profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation".
The Guardian reported on Tuesday afternoon local time that a ninth and 10th boy had been pulled from the cave.
The divers and medic were taken by ambulance to a hospital in Chiang Rai to be examined as a precaution, officials said. Technology billionaire Elon Musk went into the cave on Monday and left the rescue team with a "kid-sized" submarine his company SpaceX had built, Thailand's interior Minister Anupong Paochinda said. If rescue teams had maneuvered the tank through the underwater parts of the cave, they could have controlled buoyancy by adding or removing diver weight belts, Musk added.
On Monday, the evacuation of four boys took 11 hours.
Some of the children rescued even had a typical kid's request at the hospital after being trapped without food for so long - bread with chocolate spread.
The boys and their soccercoach as they were found in a dark, partially flooded cave, in Mae Sai, on July 2 after 10 days totally cut off from the outside world. The perilous mission to save the "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach has gripped the world for days.
Two of the eight rescued so far have shown signs of a potential lung infection, but there is a hope they could honour the invite. With little to no experience swimming or breathing under water, divers were somehow able to successfully lead them out of the cave complex in a delicate operation that saw the boys and the coach tethered to divers.
Rescuers had planned to keep the team where they were until they could find a safe way to get them out - keeping them supplied until the rainy season ended in October was a possibility. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them".
"We expect that if there is no unusual condition. the 4 boys, 1 coach, the doctor, and 3 SEALs who have been with the boys since the first day will will come out today", he told a press conference to loud cheering.
The rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, officials had said. "We can see that everything is ok as they're eating well", he said.
Manchester City and England star Kyle Walker has also lent his support, and offered to send the team England shirts following the news of their rescue.
Rescuers are moving ahead quickly because they are afraid monsoon rains will completely flood the caves.
"I beg Phra Pirun because the Meteorological Department said that from Monday on there will be continuous rain", Bancha said. He said the plan is to launch the third rescue mission within 20 hours, and he is hoping for "100 per cent success".
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It had been feared that sustained heavy rain could raise water levels inside the cave, greatly hindering the rescue operation. But Thai authorities had already began there rescue efforts before the vessel was completed without Mr Musk's help.
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