Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Thai PM thanks everyone involved in cave rescue mission

Thai PM thanks everyone involved in cave rescue mission

Our foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the rescue operation is particularly treacherous - made more so by the fact that numerous boys are unable to swim.

Earlier, on 23rd June 2018, 12 schoolchildren aged between 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach disappeared in the Tham Luang Nang Non Cave Complex. They were discovered last Monday by British volunteer divers huddled on a narrow rock shelf deep within the flooded caves.

Rescuers at a Thai cave where eight boys and their soccer coach remain trapped have awoken to cloudy skies, after a night in which heavy monsoon rain lashed the mountainous region for several hours.

The flooded nature of the caves means that parts of the route of the dive are particularly risky, not only to the young boys, but also to the experienced divers, one of whom died last week while transporting oxygen tanks to the cave.

Officials have said storms forecast for Chiang Rai province in Thailand's far north had factored into their decision to go ahead with a complicated and risky plan to have the boys and their coach dive out of the cave.

The rescue operation, which commenced on Sunday, was carried out in three phases.

Elite Australian divers have been assisting in the painstaking rescue operation.

"We have to quarantine them for a little while due to fear of infection", Osotthanakorn said.

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