4 more boys brought out of flooded Thai cave

10 July, 2018, 13:14 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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MAE SAI, Thailand Four more of the youth soccer players trapped for over two weeks in a flooded cave in northern Thailand were brought out on Monday, an official said, bringing to eight the number extracted in the ongoing high-stakes rescue operation.

The members of the "Wild Boars" team, aged between 12 and 16, were guided to safety through the twisting, submerged passages of the Tham Luang cave by a team of global expert divers flanked by Thai Navy SEALs over two days in a meticulously planned operation.

At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday.

Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their hospital beds.

Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, was in Thailand with engineers from his companies to offer their expertise in the rescue.

That left two boys and their 25-year-old coach still inside the cave but authorities were confident of getting them all out by Tuesday evening via a claustrophobic network of tunnels that in some places were completely filled with water.

As an global coalition of divers continued to rescue a Thai soccer team and their coach from a cave Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk was trying to help in his own inimitable way.

Jesada said the first four taken out are eating well.

Thai army soldiers return from Tham Luang cave on day three of the rescue operation.

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He said they would need to keep at least 2 metres away from their boys for at least 48 hours, until "we are sure there is no infection, then they can visit them normally".

Rescue leader Narongsak Osatanakorn told a press conference on Tuesday that the mission began at 10.08 a.m. local time and that everyone in the cave is expected to be rescued today.

Earlier Monday, Narongsak said the four rescued the day before were in good spirits. "They can have normal food but we are making sure it is easily digestible, not spicy or too strongly flavoured".

Dr Jesada said the first group taken out, on Sunday, were aged 14 to 16 and the second group, taken out on Monday, were aged 12 to 14.

They were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.

But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned.

Among these were that none of the boys had scuba diving experience, and that they could easily panic while swimming underwater in darkness.

The eccentric inventor had hoped the sub - built from spare rocket parts and named Wild Board after the stranded children's soccer team - could be used in the rescue.

"If Phra Pirun helps us, we might be able to do it very quickly", Narongsak said, again invoking the god of rain, who is widely revered in Thailand.

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