Thailand cave rescue: Why the boys are being kept in isolation

Heather Diaz
July 10, 2018

But rescuing the remaining five people, which includes the boys' 25-year-old soccer coach, could take more than one operation, Narongsak said.

The first of the Wild Boars soccer team emerged from the cave at 5.37pm local time.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and unsafe operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said.

Narongsak said after the first four boys were rescued that they would be quarantined "for a while because we are concerned about infections".

Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said earlier Monday that the second phase began at 11 a.m. and authorities "hope to hear good news in the next few hours".

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

Anupong Paojinda said officials were meeting on Monday morning about the next stage of the operation and how to extract the remaining eight boys and their football coach from the cave in the country's north. The boys are being kept isolated on the eighth floor of the 14-story hospital as their parents wait anxiously to see and comfort them, officials said. The rescued boys had to travel almost two and a half miles from inside the cave to reach the outside, a path that is partially submerged in fast-flowing freezing water and with peaks and crevices extremely hard to fit through.

It was not immediately clear Monday how the overnight rains had impacted water levels inside the flooded cave.

As days passed, people feared the worst and wondered just how the boys and their coach could survive while trapped underground in flooded caverns.

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In an indication of how risky the journey can be, a former Thai navy diver died in the caves on Friday. "The boys' strength, the plan - today we are ready like before". Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters laid along the route to the boys' damp refuge.

At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday.

Four boys were rescued on Monday evening following the four who were bought safely out of the cave on Sunday.

The Thai community lies on the border with Myanmar and it is where several of the boys on the soccer team go to school.

The hazardous bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - started unexpectedly on Sunday when the rescue team said conditions were flawless for the evacuation.

"I can't tell", he said. He said recent rains had not affected water levels in the cave and conditions were expected to be "as good as they were on Sunday", reported The Guardian. Heavy rain has struck the region intermittently over the last three days and further downpours could set back draining efforts at the cave.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha went to the cave to inspect the rescue operation later on Monday, with navy rescuers giving him a rousing cheer.

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