Thai Navy SEALs, medic give thumbs up after cave rescue

Lawrence Kim
July 11, 2018

Experienced cave rescue experts had considered an underwater escape a last resort, especially with people untrained in diving, as the boys are.

Thai navy SEALs say a ninth boy has been rescued Tuesday from a flooded cave as divers carry out what they hope is a final mission to save the remaining boys and their soccer coach after more than two weeks.

All 12 members of a boys soccer team and their coach now have been safely rescued from a cave in Thailand after being trapped there for 18 days, the Thai Navy SEALs announced Tuesday morning in a Facebook post.

The rescue operation was not a major trending topic on social media in China, where interest in an accident involving a boat carrying mostly Chinese tourists off the Thai resort island of Phuket claiming at least 44 lives generated far more interest.

The flooded Tham Luang cave was treacherous and the mission was not without its tragedy, with former Thai Navy SEAL Samarn Kunun perishing while replenishing air canisters in the cave for divers last Friday.

According to the rescue operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn, the United Nations also dispatched many experienced divers to help. A second mission, which rescued another four boys, commenced on Monday, July 9.

Because the team was trapped in an underground tunnel, 2 1/2 miles from the mouth of the cave, getting them out was hard. They were, of course, granted it.

"I've told them once this has died down let's really sit down and have a more in-depth interview on what's really happening", he said.

The 12 members of a Thai youth football team and their coach rescued from a cave have been invited to Old Trafford by Manchester United.

Boys number six and seven were brought out a little over an hour later, with boy number eight spotted being taken out at about 7.40pm local time.

Onlookers in front of Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital watch and cheer as ambulances transport the last rescued schoolboys and their coach to the hospital from a helipad nearby, on July 10, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

The 12 boys, part of a football team, and their coach were stranded in Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand on June 23.

Jesada said the first four taken out are eating well. Parents of the four boys rescued on Sunday were allowed to see them through a glass window at the hospital, public health officials said on Tuesday, but they will be quarantined for the time being. Musk's invention would have involved less physical effort from the kids being rescued.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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