Remaining boys, coach, doctor trapped in Thailand cave 'to be rescued today'

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

The first footage has emerged from the hospital where 12 Thai boys and their coach are being treated after their dramatic rescue from a flooded cave.

The footballers - who were invited to attend the World Cup Final by Federation Internationale de Football Association - have reportedly each lost an average 2kg but are said to be in good health.

"The bravery and heroism I've witnessed is incredibly inspiring, so, yes, this will be a movie for us", Scott said. However, eight boys have been brought to safety during the last two days and the remaining five are expected to be brought out today. They began again at 11 am on Monday after the teams had stopped for the night to rest and to replenish equipment and oxygen supplies.

Officials were not immediately available to comment on who had been brought out, and it was not clear what condition they were in.

Several boys can be seen in facemasks and hospital gowns, at least one giving a victory sign for the camera. The photos also showed parents of the boys looking at their children through a glass window.

The four boys rescued on Sunday are now eating normal food and walking around, while the four extracted on Monday are being given soft food.

Three in the group had minor lung infections, the senior health official added.

Onlookers at the junction in front of Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital watch and cheer as ambulances transport the last rescued schoolboys and their coach, July 10, 2018, in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

"All eight are in good health, no fever. everyone is in a good mental state", Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, said before all 13 had been rescued.

It is understood that none of the boys will be discharged for at least seven days.

Thirteen global cave divers joined five Thai Navy SEALs in the risky rescue operation. He ran out of air while trying to swim out of the cave.

"They are getting forced to do something that no kid has ever done before", Ivan Karadzic, a diver involved with the rescue mission told BBC.

He lauded the co-operation between Thai and worldwide rescuers. And Musk was there, with an invention he'd dreamed up on the fly and brought to the rescue site, just in case it was needed. "Everyone worked together without discrimination of race or religion as the ultimate goal was to save the youth football team".

The multi-hour journey the team had to make towards the cave's mouth reportedly included navigating passageways as narrow as 40 centimetres while some of the boys did not know how to swim.

In that mission, two divers accompanied each boy, guided by a rope. Medical experts say they are in high spirits and generally healthy.

VOA and the Associated Press wrote this report.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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