Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Eight boys rescued from Thai cave in good mental, physical state

Eight boys rescued from Thai cave in good mental, physical state

The mission to save the last 4 members of a Thai soccer team and their coach, who have been trapped in a cave for more than two weeks, has begun. The rescue mission took the life of 38-year-old volunteer Saman Gunan last Friday, a former Navy SEAL who died underwater after running out of air.

A Reuters witness saw four people being carried out of the Tham Luang cave on stretchers separately on Tuesday, the third day of the rescue operation.

However, the divers escorted eight of the boys out on Sunday and Monday, and authorities said they were aiming to extract the remaining members of the group on Tuesday. The search operation quickly turned into a rescue mission involving 90 divers - 50 foreign and 40 Thai - though some warned it could take months. The boys who were initially rescued asked for basil fried rice, but doctors are instead feeding them soft foods like Congee, a Chinese rice porridge.

Worldwide rescue teams had worked around the clock after the boys were discovered by British divers, to try to drain the caves enough to rescue them.

Officials at the Chiang Rai hospital have said that the boys who have already been rescued from a Thai cave are eating well and will remain in hospital for a week while they continue to recover.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

All eight boys rescued on the first two days are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.


Another four boys were rescued Monday.

Four ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles arrived at the cave site Tuesday morning as rains hit the region.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Dr Jedsada said.

Four boys were retrieved one at a time through the cave by two divers.

On June 23, the Wild Boar soccer team ventured into Tham Luang cave, one of Thailand's longest and toughest to explore, during heavy rains after soccer practice.The cave system is located about 825 kilometres north of Bangkok. Before the final rescue, he told CNN that divers inside the cave faced a number of challenges.

There are concerns they may have consumed contaminated water, while bird or bat droppings could cause infections.

The submarine is named "Wild Boar" after the name of the football team. Jesada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

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