Ambulance leaves site of Thai cave rescue

10 July, 2018, 14:15 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Onlookers watched on as the boys were taken to hospital

"None of the eight boys has fever today", he added in the clearest update yet on the condition of the boys rescued from Tham Luang cave. Bancha Duriyapan told a news conference punctuated by applause from the dozens of Thai and foreign journalists and others in attendance.

Rescue operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn says the boys are not ready to dive to safety.

Classmates of the trapped boys at Mae Sai Prasitsart school, close to the caves, pray after their teacher announced that more of the footballers had been rescued.

The four boys rescued on Sunday were each accompanied by two divers as they were gradually extracted from the cave.

The unprecedented mission to evacuate the "Wild Boar" football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave entered its end game Tuesday as rescuers said they will guide the remaining four boys and their coach to freedom. If the rain god helps us, then we may be able to work fast.

Thai soldiers walk into to the Tham Luang cave area as the operations continue for the boys and their soccer coach still trapped inside.

The good news today, he said, was that the rescue team spent nine hours - two hours faster than they did a day earlier - from the time they went deeper into the cave to extract the four survivors until they emerged safely from the cave.

The first boy rescued by Monday's team was freed around 4:30 p.m. local time and transferred to the same hospital as the first four boys who were rescued on Sunday.

While the boys are in good health, two may have mild lung infection.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and worldwide divers who executed the unsafe rescue mission, guiding boys who can barely swim and have no diving experience through a treacherous 4-kilometer-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned and rose and fell inside the mountain cave complex.

As of Tuesday, four other team members and their 25-year-old assistant coach are still stranded in the cave. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha was scheduled to make a second visit to the scene late on Monday and the president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, today invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out of the cave in time. The teams have risked their lives to deliver supplies and food to the children and their coach, and divers have been teaching the boys ― some of whom don't even know how to swim ― diving and breathing techniques to prepare them for their harrowing journey home.

The identity of the rescued boys has not been confirmed by authorities.

"There's a likelihood of resilience, assuming everyone comes out, there's no fatalities, I think the worst is behind them", Adesman said. Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.

Monday's mission involved 18 divers from Thailand and overseas.

The other, and perhaps more worrying, was that oxygen levels in the complex were falling close to unsafe levels.

The Thai Navy SEAL wrote on Facebook on Tuesday it's expecting day three's rescue operations to be longer than previous days. "We should hear good news again", Narongsak said.

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