Thailand football team won't attend World Cup final

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

Four more were brought out on Monday, and the operation ended on Tuesday with the rescue of the last four boys and their 25-year-old coach.

The new video from the navy does not include footage of the divers in the water with the boys, but it does show a team of people using pulleys, string and rubber tubes to haul a green, kayak-shaped stretcher out of a tight crevice.

Harris signed off on the health of the boys before each rescue began and did not emerge from the cave until each day's rescue had been completed.

The rescue effort for the 12 boys who survived over two weeks underground in Thailand has switched to a treatment process.

The group were taken out in three batches by a team of 13 global divers flanked by the Thai Navy SEALs, who greeted each successful rescue with a "Hooyah" on their Facebook page.

The rescue process started at 10am local time on Sunday and involved 13 global divers and five Thai navy seals, who were referred to as "an all-star team" by NarongsakOsatanakorn, who is the Governor of Chiang Rai province and head of the joint command centre coordinating the rescue.

The group ventured into the vast cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice on June 23 and were trapped when a rainy season downpour flooded tunnels. "I don't have any details about when they were being transferred from the cave", he said.

Narongsak Osatanakorn is the official who oversaw the rescue operation.

Saman Gunan was a retired Thai navy diver who was volunteering in the rescue efforts.

"We would like to convey our profound gratitude to all persons involved in the rescue operation, which unfortunately took the life of one of the divers".

He lauded the co-operation between Thai and worldwide rescuers.

He added that everyone worked together without concerns about race or religion, as the goal was to save the young football team.

Each of the boys, with no diving experience, was guided out by divers though rocky, muddy and water-filled passages that in places were just a crawl space.

"On behalf of the operation unit, we want to send our condolences to him and I do have to thank him a lot", Thai mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said at a news conference Wednesday.

Falling oxygen levels, risk of sickness and the imminent prospect of more rain flooding the cave complex for months meant "the long-term survivability of the boys in the cave was becoming a less and less feasible option", Anderson said.

The 12 boys and their soccer coach lost an average of 2 kg (4.4 lb) during their ordeal but were generally in good condition and showed no signs of stress, a senior health official said earlier. We wish them a speedy recovery.

He did not say if the coach, the only adult with the boys for nine days before they found, was able to dive and walk out unaided.

Thailand's prime minister, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, said the boys were given anti-anxiety medication to help with their rescue.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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