Third Thai cave rescue mission underway: authorities

10 July, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Sakchai Lalit  AP

It's been more than two weeks since the 12 boys and their soccer coach became trapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave at the Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in Chiang Rai.

"We have helped four more children today", said rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn.

Officials had said before restarting the efforts that they hoped to have all nine people remaining in the cave rescued by the end of Monday local time.

The global effort to save the group has paired divers in "buddy teams" with the remaining eight boys and their coach. Two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said.

The first four rescued boys have been placed in a ward set aside specifically for the cave rescue operation after being rushed from the cave by military helicopter, a source at the hospital said.

Four were rescued Sunday and another four were rescued on Monday.

It's unclear whether Thai officials will opt to use Musk's submarine to rescue the four remaining boys and their soccer coach.

After a perilous journey to safety through the depths of the Tham Luang caves, the rescued members of the Thai boys football team will have to wait before sharing a hug with their loved ones.

Sunday night, teams of divers brought out four of the trapped boys to waiting ambulances.

Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach from the cave as the annual monsoon bears down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province.


"All eight are in good health, no fever. everyone is in a good mental state", Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, told reporters on Tuesday at Chiang Rai hospital in the clearest update on their condition so far.

The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete.

People across Thailand cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.

Narongsak said rescuers would meet Monday evening to plan for the next operation.

"The divers that were assembled from many countries are proud to have conducted this operation until its success", Narongsak said.

They were found last Monday by two expert British divers.

In an indication of how risky the journey can be, a former Thai navy diver died in the caves on Friday. Add Thailand Cave Rescue as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Thailand Cave Rescue news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Divers from Thailand and overseas, including the United States, China, Europe, and Australia have helped retrieve the boys, who are between the ages of 11-16.

Another and perhaps more worrying concern was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to unsafe levels.

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