Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed

11 July, 2018, 02:59 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Thailand Ministry of Public Health

In an operation that gripped the entire world, all 12 boys and their football coach have been successfully rescued from a cave in Thailand after being trapped for more than two weeks. He suggested that a tube or series of tubes could be sent through the cave network and inflated to create a tunnel for the soccer team to travel through, without needing scuba gear. It reportedly took three hours for the divers to reach the location of the boys, from the cave's entrance.

Miles away from the Thai city, thousands across the world joined them in celebration. People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying them on the last leg of their journey from the cave arrived at a hospital in Chiang Rai city. A team of Thai and global divers extracted eight of the boys Sunday and Monday using a complex system that involved laying out oxygen canisters at regular intervals to guide them out of the flooded cave. Momentary celebrations quickly gave way to rising anxiety as it became clear that the rescue would necessarily be highly risky. The rainfall causes water levels inside the cave to rise.

The boys - aged between 11 and 16 - and the 23-year-old coach, had been trapped in the cave for more than two weeks.

On Sunday, four boys were brought out from the cave after being tethered to rescued divers. Four boys and the coach are still deep inside, and authorities have indicated they're continuing with their so-far successful effort to bring the boys out guided by experienced divers. "All the 13 Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the SEALs said on Facebook.

Two British divers found them nine days later huddled on a muddy ledge in pitch darkness more than 4km inside the cave system.

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The danger was highlighted by the death of a former Navy SEAL as he helped bring oxygen tanks along the route. Major Saman Gunan - died during the rescue operation last week while trying to forge the escape path for the boys.

President Donald Trump joined those paying tribute to the rescuers.

Officials on Tuesday echoed expert comment on Musk's proposed technology to help save the boys.

Smith, who also runs KAOS Entertainment in Bangkok, said "it's apolitical, it has no agenda".

"We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season", the club said on its official Twitter account. The Chaing Rai regional governor said he is unsure if they will be able to rescue the five remaining people in the cave in one mission.

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