4 boys rescued from Thailand cave; 12 boys, coach still trapped

Hannah Rogers
July 9, 2018

But Narongsak and the Thai Navy SEALS, who are involved in the rescue and have regularly posted updates about the operation on their Facebook page, reported only four were out of the cave.

Four of the 12 boys who have been trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks have been rescued, as the operation was put on hold overnight to allow oxygen tanks to be refilled.

The 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand may have no choice but to make the unsafe dive that's already claimed the life of a former navy seal. The boys' ordeal of the has drawn huge media attention in Thailand and overseas, and getting the boys out safely could be a boost for Thailand's junta ahead of a general election next year.

Marangattupalli, Kottayam: A Thai student studying in Kerala is praying for the timely rescue of a football team trapped in a flooded cave, along with their coach, for the past two weeks in the Southeast Asian country.

He said the 13 are very ready to come out and the rescue team is at "peak readiness" and have been practising for the past three to four days.

The mission to free the remaining members of the group has been suspended for at least 10 hours, Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said, as teams replenish supplies used up removing the first four boys.

On Saturday, Thai Navy SEALS published touching notes scrawled by the trapped footballers to their families, who had been waiting for them agonisingly close by outside the cave entrance.

A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in the northern Province of Chiang Rai, Thailand on July 8, 2018.

After an initial assessment at the site, the boys will be airlifted to a makeshift helipad close to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, some 70 km away.

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'One boy will be accompanied by two divers.

The rescue teams had rehearsed the plan for several days, Narongsak said, and had managed to drain the cave water level considerably, but needed to move fast.

Twelve boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a game, reports said.

Mr Ekapol Chanthawong, his assistant, was to take the younger boys to a soccer field nestled by the Doi Nang Non mountain range, a formation with numerous waterfalls and caves that straddles the Thai-Myanmar border.

The governor has called the rescue a "war with water and time".

According to rescue officials, he is among the weakest in the group, in part because he gave the boys his share of the limited food and water they had with them in the early days. He confirmed that the boys traveled 1km underwater and the first was rescued at 5:40 p.m. local time.

Dennis said a shift pattern could not be used for the divers as there is only a handful of skilled divers who are capable of the mission.

David Strike has known Dr Harris for more than 10 years, and says his medical expertise and experience as a cave diver and retrieval expert is invaluable.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that the U.S. government is working closely with Thai officials to get the children to safety.

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