Thai soccer team cave rescue operation begins on Sunday

Leroy Wright
July 11, 2018

He said the mission would resume within "10 to 20 hours".

A total of eight boys have now been taken out of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, according to the Thai navy SEAL group, which has a leading role in the rescue operation.

"You start to hallucinate, you see things, you hear things", said Dr. Robert Glatter, emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital.

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

Paramedics with a stretcher believed to be carrying one of the boys from the soccer team in Chiang Rai on Sunday.

"All 12 wild boars and the coach have left the cave. all safe".

The Thai youth soccer team and their coach became trapped in the cave they were exploring on June 23 after heavy rains flooded exits.

"The four children are well at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital".

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape and they have been on a rocky shelf inside a cave chamber since.

Rescuers have been navigating a risky and complicated plan to get the children out under the threat of heavy rain and rising water underground.

Thirteen worldwide divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation. Two divers accompanied each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them.

Thirteen divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation, in which the trapped team must walk or wade through muddy areas of the winding cave and rising waters.

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Officials have yet to confirm the identities of the four boys freed.

Each had to wear an oxygen mask to enable normal breathing, authorities said.

Chiang Rai province's acting governor, Narongsak Osatanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue, voiced confidence Monday in the ongoing operation, provided the weather doesn't worsen. There was no word on the condition of the fifth boy brought out earlier on Monday. Four have been rescued. "This morning they complained that they are hungry and they asked for fried basil with rice", said rescue mission commander Narongsak Osottanakorn.

The first four rescued boys have been placed in a ward set aside specifically for the cave rescue, a source at the hospital said.

US Embassy Bangkok spokesman Steve Castonguay said that "The US will remain here to continue to support this operation until all the soccer players and their coach have been rescued".

The boys, whose names have not been revealed, are being treated at Chiang Rai Prachanukraw Hospital in Muang district.

"The four children are fine". "We have to quarantine them for a little while due to fear of infection".

He also urged the media to behave respectfully.

TRT World's John Joe Regan has the latest from Thailand.

Four were extracted from the cave on the first day of the rescue operation, while another four were brought out on Monday. On top of all the concerns inside the cave, Thailand's rainy season is looming.

"No hugging" or "touching" would be allowed between the boys and their relatives, however, until all medical tests are completed, the official said.

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