Out of 13 Rescued from Flooded Cave in Thailand

Leroy Wright
July 10, 2018

The eight boys rescued from a jungle cave in Thailand where they were trapped for more than two weeks are still out of reach from their relieved parents.

The general leading the huge worldwide effort to rescue the young footballers and their coach thanked the god of rain for his forbearance, as the boys were guided out of the Tham Luang caves in full-face masks - easier than traditional respirators for novice divers to use - during an intense nine-hour operation.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojina said the same divers who participated in Sunday's rescue conducted the operation Monday because they are familiar with the cave conditions. But four of the boys, and their football coach, are underground for a 17th night.

The plight of the boys, aged 11-16, and their coach, has riveted Thailand and much of the world - from the heart-sinking news they were trapped to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys brought back by the pair of British divers who found them after penetrating deep into the sprawling cave. 'Doctors have told us we must be careful about the food that is given to them because they are fragile after starving for many days.

He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday by a team of global and Thai dive experts are being treated.

"This is way different than anything we have ever seen before", said Barnes.

Two ambulances carrying the sixth and seventh boys freed from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave site to a hospital in Chiang Rai on July 9, 2018 in Chiang Rai.

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"So even in the middle of the summer, if 12 boys walked into a cave like that (in Minnesota) the hypothermia would get them pretty quick".

Chiang Rai's acting governor Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is leading the rescue mission, said the health of the remaining five inside the cave was "still good" and added that he was not sure if the they would be led out of the cave in one or more operations. 4.08pm: The BBC has released an infographic on how the boys and their football coach are being rescued. "I want to say thanks for all the support and I want to apologise to the parents", he wrote. Officials said that rescue operations could continue for two to four more days.

Thai Navy Sgt. Saman Kunan, an ex-SEAL, died Friday from a lack of oxygen as he attempted to place air tanks inside the cave complex.

He said rescuers would resume an operation to retrieve a remaining five people in about 20 hours' time.

Thirteen worldwide divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation.

The rescue involves taking the boys from where they have been sheltering and through dark, tight and twisting passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents.

On Sunday night, Must tweeted that the submarine would arrive about 11 p.m. on Monday local time. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the team and their coach, and all those involved with the rescue will be out safely!

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