3rd Thai cave rescue mission underway

Cheryl Sanders
July 10, 2018

MAE SAI, Thailand-Thai authorities hope to evacuate four remaining boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave on Tuesday, ending a more than two-week ordeal that began when members of the team were stranded by flash floods deep inside one of the country's biggest cave systems.

At least nine ambulances have been waiting at the site after the leader of the rescue operation said Tuesday's aim was to bring out all five as well as a medic and three Thai Navy SEALS, who have been with the trapped boys.

He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday by a team of global and Thai dive experts are being treated.

So far eight boys aged between 12 and 16 have been led out of the cave system by a team of expert divers over two days.

"All four boys have arrived at hospital, all are safe", Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters of those freed on Monday.

Mr Narongsak said about 100 people were involved in the operation on Tuesday, including the 19 divers newly sent into the flooded cave.


Narongsak said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped, adding that the boys were being kept away from their parents due to fear of infection. Jedsada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave". In some places, the boys had to be carried under flooded areas, some only as narrow as 0.6 meter wide.

Divers on Monday launched the second phase of a rescue operation at the Thailand cave where members of a youth soccer team are trapped.

Thai authorities said the four boys rescued from the cave are hungry but in good health.

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"They can watch on TV", he said.

"Four plus one coach, so it's five".


"I beg Phra Pirun because the Meteorological Department said that from Monday on there will be continuous rain", Bancha said. Some are not even strong swimmers, and have had to learn to dive in conditions that claimed the life of a former Thai Navy SEAL on Friday.

A total of eight boys have now been brought out of the cave complex.

Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.

Tuesday's operation began just after 10 a.m.

"I am very happy about those who already made it out and I think everyone will be out today", said Waranchit Karnkaew, 14, who also said the football-mad boys had been closely following games at the World Cup in Russian Federation before they were trapped.


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