Thai cave rescue ends after last four boys and coach are saved

Carla Harmon
July 10, 2018

Thai divers gather before they enter to the Tham Luang cave, where 12 boys and their soccer coach are trapped, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 6, 2018.

Tuesday's operation, which will see double the number of people come out of the cave, was expected to take longer than the two previous days' operations, according to the Facebook page of the Royal Thai Navy SEALs.

The perilous mission to save the "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach has gripped the world for days.

He added that the divers were the "same multinational team" that rescued the four boys on Sunday.

Doctors attending to the eight boys who have been rescued from the cave in two groups of four on Sunday and Monday say they are generally in good health - an incredible result for the boys who have spent nine days incommunicado, without food, until they were found, and then waited days more before embarking on an hours-long dive that even the most skilled cave divers have described as among the most unsafe they have attempted.

In a day of high drama, the remaining five boys emerged in groups as evening approached, guided out by worldwide divers and the SEALs, who have played an integral role throughout an unprecedented rescue mission.

Tuesday, referring to the name of the trapped boys' soccer team.

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.

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

The boys' malnutrition and exposure to unsanitary conditions inside the caves mean that they are at high risk of contracting cave sickness.

British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week. Later, Musk posted videos showing the testing a mini-pod that could be potentially used to rescue the boys stuck in the cave.

19 divers are said to be involved in the operation, which began at just after 10:00am local time.

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. After more lab results are scrutinised, parents of the first four will after 48 hours be allowed to visit their children at their beds wearing protective gear.

The SEALs say they're still waiting for a medic and three Navy SEALs who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave.

They guided the boys and their coach through darkness and submerged passageways towards the mouth of the Tham Luang cave system.

The remaining five members of the Thai soccer team will be rescued from the cave today, officials have confirmed. When it became clear the boys were likely going to have to dive out, experts were sent in to teach them how to use scuba gear.

The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete.

However, after Dr Harris' health assessment found that some of the weaker boys may not survive if they were left behind, the plan was revised.

However, senior health official Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk said all of them are "healthy and smiling". We've started giving them "medical food" this morning.

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