Rescuers have freed four boys trapped in Thai cave

09 July, 2018, 07:31 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Thailand cave rescue: First boys rescued from trapped soccer team

Extracting everyone could take up to four days, but the initial success raised hopes that could be done.

Gong Hui, a Chinese diver involved in the operation that has drawn some 130 Thai and worldwide divers, said before the fresh rains that water levels in the cave had "receded a lot" after sustained pumping had removed millions of litres of water.

The boys, who are due to be taken to Chiang Rai hospital for further medical examination, are said to be in good health, with their condition described by officials as "not that bad".

The names of the rescued boys were not released.

Narongsak had dubbed Sunday to be "D-day" as the complicated effort was launched in the morning.

Thakamsong, who suffers from asthma, is his parents' darling, after they lost their firstborn child to cancer at 10 months old, according to reports.

Some took time on Sunday to pay tribute to Saman Gunan, a Thai Navy SEAL who died while trying to ensure the boys had enough oxygen.

Nearly 100 rescue workers and divers, including worldwide experts and elite Thai Navy Seals, are still desperately trying to get the remaining eight team members and their coach to safety, amid concerns of rising water levels and lack of oxygen.

But authorities face a new race against time as heavy rain, which had been predicted later this week, pummeled the cave complex in northern Thailand shortly after the first boys were freed.

Constant pumping has reduced the water level inside the cave, but new rain could not only re-flood the area, but also strengthen the water currents in the narrow passages though which rescuers and the boys must swim with the help of diving gear to exit the cave.

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Efforts are expected to restart on Monday as low water levels in the cave have provided a brief window for a safer rescue.

Chiang Rai provincial acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the rescue operation, said divers will need about 10 hours to prepare for the next phase of rescue, but that the operation was going "better than expected".

A former Navy SEAL and combat swimmer said that the risky and harrowing rescue of a soccer team trapped in a flooded Thailand cave was comparable to climbing the tallest mountain in the world. Monsoon flooding blocked off their escape and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

The ordeal has riveted Thailand and captured the world's attention.

An Australian doctor and cave diving expert has played a critical role in the precarious mission to save a young Thai soccer team from their prison cave.

Elon Musk has also dispatched engineers from Tesla, Space X, and the Boring Company.

"Football's Coming Home. First Wild Boars Out", a headline on one online Thai paper said on Monday, referring to a song chanted by English soccer fans at the World Cup now underway in Russian Federation.

In one of the videos of testing that Musk put on Twitter, a man can be seen emerging from the metallic cylinder.

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday: "The U.S.is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety. Very fearless and talented people!" he tweeted. The notes were sent out with divers who made an 11-hour, back-and-forth journey.

In one, Pheerapat, nicknamed "Night", whose 16th birthday the group were celebrating in the cave when they became stuck on June 23, said: "I love you, Dad, Mum and my sister".

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