All boys out of cave in miracle end to the Mission Impossible

Rosalie Gross
July 11, 2018

The SEALs say they're still waiting for a medic and three Navy SEALs who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave. Another two more boys left the cave complex a short time later followed by the fourth boy. Officials are constantly pumping water out of the caves, and Sunday gave the rescue crews the best chance of recovering more survivors after days of decent weather and pumping reduced flood levels. A former Thai Navy diver lost his life while on a re-supply mission inside the cave to support the rescue. Rescue crews are anxious about the amount of air the trapped children are using, which is being drained rapidly.

"We did something nobody thought possible", the acting governor of Chiang Rai province, Narongsak Osatanakorn, said once the 18-day ordeal was over.

US President Trump said their rescue was "a attractive moment".

All eight boys rescued on Sunday and Monday are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.

The riveting Thai drama is reminsicent, of course, of the stunning rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days in 2010.

Families of the first four have been able to see their children through a glass window, Chokedamrongsook said.

A twelfth person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, a Reuters witness said, apparently leaving just one more to be brought out to safety.

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The 31cm-wide custom submarine would make the boys passive participants in the rescue and could potentially shorten the journey, which took divers a total of nine hours in the second successful rescue operation on Monday.

However, another official, Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, inspector general of the public health ministry, said initial blood tests "showed signs of infection".

Elon Musk's "kid-sized submarine" was ultimately "not practical" for helping rescuers save a group of boys and their soccer coach stuck in a Thailand cave, the head of the rescue operation said.

They stuck with the plan for experienced cave divers to help the boys swim out, which turned out to be a success.

"The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity", Jesada said when asked how they survived so long. They were immediately sent for a medical examination, but there has been no news about their condition. "We would be honored to welcome the team from the Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season".

A nutritionist is monitoring their diet and has recommended that they eat nothing spicy or salty - despite the boys' cravings for spicy basil pork and rice, and grilled pork.

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