Monday, 24 September, 2018

Eight Out Alive: More Daring Cave Rescue Success!

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Steven Clarke | 11 July, 2018, 08:08

Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach from the cave as monsoon rains bore down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province.

On Monday, a witness revealed that the fifth boy was brought out of the flooded cave at around 4.30 p.m. local time (via CNN).

After Monday's rescues, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the eight freed boys in the hospital where they had been taken by helicopter. The four unidentified boys were the second batch to be retrieved in as many days by ace rescue divers from a deep and winding cave in the northernmost reaches of Thailand.

Rescue divers extracted four boys from the cave Sunday and headed back Monday to rescue the remaining eight and their soccer coach.

Five ambulances were seen driving toward the cave complex on Monday afternoon, and at least one helicopter was also seen heading toward the cave entrance.

Thai officials have been tight-lipped about the rescue operation, and would not comment on how many people were removed Monday.

Even as a frantic rescue operation is underway to save a Thai soccer team stranded inside a flooded cave, American entrepreneur Elon Musk is testing a "tiny, kid-sized submarine" which could possibly aid in the rescue mission.

A team of 90 expert divers - 40 from Thailand and 50 from overseas - has been working in the cave system.

"All 12 wild boars and the coach have left the cave. all safe".

Authorities have refused to confirm names reported in local media, but in the small town of Mae Sai where the cave is located, it's all anybody is talking about.

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Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday's operation the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

The boys are being guided out of the cave by two divers with oxygen tanks.

The perilous rescues have involved two divers accompanying each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them.

The president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup Final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time. But the rain largely held off on Monday.

The boys who were pulled from the cave late Sunday are recovering from their ordeal in a newly converted isolation ward at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.

The teenagers woke up "hungry" on Monday morning, and asked for pad kra pao - a pork and holy basil stir fry dish - with rice, the rescue chief told a press conference.

"They (the four) will be kept away from their parents for a while because we are concerned about infections", Narongsak said.

"The operation went much better than expected", mission head Narongsak Osottanakorn said on Sunday.

"Everything is all good - weather, water and the boys' conditions", he said, adding, "We will speed up [the operation]".

Earlier reports documented two boys being rescued and flown to hospital, with The Bangkok Post reporting that, in total, four boys had been taken to chamber 3, which is beyond the narrowest bottleneck in the escape route and is being used as a staging area by the rescue team. In the videos, two divers can be seen carrying the submarine underwater, and at the end of another video, a boy is seen coming out of the pod.

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