Third rescue mission underway at Thai cave aims to rescue all left

Leroy Wright
July 12, 2018

British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometers inside the Tham Luang cave complex, on Monday last week.

Each of the rescued boys has been guided through the dark winding cave by a pair of divers.

Coach Ake, as he is known, is the assistant coach who was with the 12 boys in the caves, and was the last person to be rescued.

Thai Navy SEALS on Monday proudly announced their latest successful extraction of four youth soccer players trapped in a cave by adopting the U.S. Navy's "Hooyah!"

A team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight.

The ninth boy was carried from the cave on a stretcher shortly AFTER 11:00 SAST, Reuters and CNN reported.

The Journal noted that the story of the boys' entrapment and rescue will likely be retold in other media like TV and books in the coming months.

"I want to tell the coach thank you so much for helping the boys survive this long", said one Chiang Rai woman wearing a traditional dress, tears brimming in her eyes. Tuesday's operation began just after 10am.

"I am very happy about those who already made it out and I think everyone will be out today", said Waranchit Karnkaew, 14, who also said the football-mad boys had been closely following games at the World Cup in Russian Federation before they were trapped. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out".

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The father of a cave-diving Australian doctor died on Wednesday, shortly after his son played a key role in rescuing a boys' soccer team trapped in a cave for two weeks in northern Thailand.

A FINAL PUSH to rescue the remaining school boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand began this morning.

"If everything goes right, we will see four kids and a doctor and three Seals that have stayed with the kids will all come out".

At least one publisher told the paper that she'd be interested in reading a manuscript that includes details about the boys' coach, a former monk who reportedly taught the children meditation in the cave and gave up his limited supply of food and water so they could have more.

Eight boys had been brought out in two expeditions on Sunday and Monday, leaving a further four and their football coach to make the perilous journey back to the entrance on Tuesday.

The first four boys are healthy and can eat regular food, Thongchai said at Monday's press briefing, adding that those in the second group suffering from lung inflammation were getting better.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", he added.

Four boys were rescued from the underground caves on Sunday, bringing the total number of recovered children to eight.

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