Photos, maps, graphics show how Thai soccer team cave rescue unfolded

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

The rescued boys are said to be in "high spirits".

Rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn announced the successful extraction of four more "Wild Boars" soccer team members out of the Tham Luang cave and expressed confidence that rescuers would be able to bring to safety the last batch of five survivors tomorrow faster than they did in the past two days.

The dramatic and unsafe rescue at the Tham Luang cave in the northern province of Chiang Rai was launched on Sunday and four boys were brought out that day. CNN reported Monday that family members said they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out and which still remain in the cave 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the entrance.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha dismissed rumours on Tuesday that the boys had been drugged to facilitate the operation, saying the children had not been given anaesthetic. "We should learn from this experience to prevent it from happening again". "I want to send my moral support for all involved" in the rest of the mission. That leaves four kids and the football coach who became trapped underground on 23 June. They were discovered last Monday by British volunteer divers huddled on a narrow rock shelf deep within the flooded caves. Narongsak said that the "same multinational team" that went into the cave on Sunday to retrieve the first four boys was deployed on Monday.

On Sunday, it took 11 hours to bring out four persons. He said all the boys were in good condition.

The boys rescued Sunday are recovering in a nearby hospital and had not yet seen their parents.

A witness told Reuters they saw three people being carried out of the Tham Luang cave on stretchers seperately - this third day of the rescue operation.

Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who is leading the rescue mission, also warned today's operation could be more hard due to the increased number of people to be evacuated, but that he expected the "everyone will be out today". Medical teams previously said concerns included hypothermia and an airborne lung infection known as "cave disease", which is caused by bat and bird droppings.

Karadzic lauded the boys as incredibly strong individuals, given the fact that they were trapped inside the cave and could not be with their loved ones for over two weeks.

But the boys are unlikely to be well enough to take up FIFA's invitation to watch the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday but will be allowed to watch it on television.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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