Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave

Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave

As the eight boys already rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang Cave convalesce in a Chiang Rai hospital, an global rescue team has entered the flooded cave system for the third consecutive day to free the four children and their 25-year-old soccer coach still trapped inside.

Another five still await rescue, including the team's 25-year-old coach.

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said a final operation would be "more challenging" because one more survivor would be brought out than the previous two operations, along with three Navy SEALs who have been accompanying them.

Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach from the cave as the annual monsoon bears down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province.

After Monday's rescues, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited the hospital where the eight freed boys had been taken by helicopter.

Mr Narongsak said about 100 people were involved in the operation on Tuesday, including the 19 divers newly sent into the flooded cave.

The exact health of the eight boys has not been released, but on Monday officials said the first four boys requested a meal of pad kra pao, a chicken dish with sweet basil.

Jesada Chokdumrongsuk said that the boys are "healthy and smiling", he added: "the kids are footballers so they have high immune systems".

But although the eight were rescued, there were concerns they may have contracted an illness while in the cave.


The emergence of the second batch of four on Monday evening was greeted with a simple "Hooyah" by the Thai SEAL team on their Facebook page, an exclamation that lit up Thai social media. We've started giving them "medical food" this morning.

Four of the boys were safely rescued on Sunday after rescuers carried out a risky operation, amid fears the waters will rise again to a unsafe level.

He said the submarine, which is made of rocket parts, is named "Wild Boar after the kid's soccer team".

Four were brought out Sunday and another four Monday. Having completed this section, the boys are then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who help assist them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they can wade through.

Elon Musk said that the mini-pod was ready for use, if needed. Each boy was accompanied underwater by two divers helping them navigate the dark, murky water in the flooded tunnels.

As of Tuesday morning, the last of the group have spent almost 16 days underground after being trapped by floodwaters in the cave in northern Thailand.

Narongsak said that rescuers were resting and replenishing oxygen tanks to store along the treacherous route the remaining boys will take out of the cave.

Although there have been no major reported complications during the initial rescues, the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in a flooded area of the cave on Friday underscored the dangers of the journey.

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