Amid jubilation, four more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave

Henrietta Strickland
July 10, 2018

The boys and their coach, all from the "Wild Boars" soccer team, became trapped by rainy season floodwater on June 23rd when they had set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice.

They will join four other boys who were rescued on Sunday.

Five people remain trapped in the cave, and according to the New York Times, the plan is to rescue them on Tuesday.

The search and rescue operation has riveted people in Thailand and internationally, with journalists from across the globe traveling to this town along the border with Myanmar to report on the ordeal. A statement from the hospital said, "The next step is to make sure those kids and their families are safe because living in a cave has a different environment which might contains animals that could transmit any disease".

He told reporters the four rescued boys were taken to the hospital in the town of Chiang Rai, the provincial capital, for evaluation.

Technology billionaire Elon Musk went into the cave on Monday and left the rescue team with a "kid-sized" submarine his company SpaceX had built, Thailand's interior Minister Anupong Paochinda said.

Rescuers working at a cave site in northern Thailand have suspended operations for the day after bringing four more boys out of the flooded cave system on Monday.

After a perilous journey to safety through the depths of the Tham Luang caves, the rescued members of the Thai boys football team will have to wait before sharing a hug with their loved ones.

In total eight boys have emerged alive from the cave system.

Rescued schoolboys are moved from a military helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018.

Still, the four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in Chiang Rai city, the provincial capital, and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives, due to fear of infections.

Extracting everyone could take up to four days, but the initial success has raised hopes that could be done. They were missing for nine days before being discovered by British divers last week.

The distance from where the crew is trapped to the main entrance is about a half a mile, and the boys had to travel most of that distance underwater to reach freedom.

"The water level is still at a satisfactory level and we have enough teams to complete the mission", Narongsak said on Monday.

Then came the letters carried out by divers who took oxygen, food and medicine to the boys' refuge as experts evaluated whether to dive them out or provision them, perhaps until monsoon rains usually subside in late October. However, they ended up starting the rescue effort a few hours earlier than planned. More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the cave were falling.

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