Published: Tue, July 10, 2018

Rescuers have freed four boys trapped in Thai cave

Rescuers have freed four boys trapped in Thai cave

The extraction started on Sunday and eight of the children have been successfully brought out.

Boys from the soccer team trapped inside Tham Luang cave covered in hypothermia blankets react to the camera in Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this still image taken from a July 3, 2018 video by Thai Navy Seal.

Four boys and their 25-year-old football coach "will be extracted on Tuesday", rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said.

On Tuesday morning the first four boys rescued over the weekend were given bread and chocolate after asking for some of their favorite dishes from home.

The rescue mission began on Sunday morning, almost a week since the 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their coach had been discovered on an embankment 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) inside the winding tunnels. "Mini-sub is ready if needed".

Then it will depend on the weather.

"We have more expertise than yesterday", he said. "And it is up to the environment".

Last night the Thai prime minister flew to the cave to thank the rescue squad, and said the ordeal should serve as a wake-up call to all children to avoid it happening again.

The boys and their coach, all from the "Wild Boars" soccer team, became trapped by rainy season floodwater on June 23rd when they had set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice.


British divers found the 13 a week ago.

Several ambulances were seen leaving the rescue site at around 12:40 p.m. local time, although it was unclear if the boys were inside.

The Thai rescue effort has been assisted by experts from around the world, and the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the dangers of the mission. It was 10 days before the boys were miraculously located, and the remaining five have been in the cave for eight days.

But, two of them are suspected to have lung infections. "I want to send my moral support for all involved" in the rest of the mission.

Information on the rescue operation, the health of those rescued - and their identities - has been tightly guarded by Thai authorities. Some of the parents told Reuters they had not been told who had been rescued and that they were not allowed to visit the hospital.

The rescued boys have been asking for food and doctors say they are in good health.

The plight of the boys and their coach has drawn global attention since they became trapped when they went into the cave after soccer practice on June 23.

"We expect that everybody will be out today, the children and coach and everybody will be out today", Osatanakorn told reporters.

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