Congratulations to Thailand on successful rescue of trapped football team

Congratulations to Thailand on successful rescue of trapped football team

Officials involved in the rescue of the soccer team from the Tham Luang cave complex have politely declined to deploy the submarine brought over by Tesla CEO Elon Musk to assist with the extraction of the kids. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them".

Graphic: The Thai cave complex where four boys and their soccer coach remain trapped is expansive, stretching about 10 km. All the boys were in good condition, Narongsak said. "On the first day it took 11 hours, on the second day it was nine hours and today things are likely to go even faster", he said.

The 48-year-old entrepreneur brainstormed several ideas to achieve the goal including penetrating the land and pinpointing the group's location inside the cave via a radar, pumping the water out, and providing heavy-duty battery packs for the rescue operation.

"The prime minister said that this kind of event should never happen again on Thai soil", Narongsak said.

Dozens of foreign divers and other experts from around the world were brought in to help the rescue effort, working alongside the Thai Navy SEALs.

"Their priorities are on the rescue", she said.

The group had gone exploring in the massive Tham Luang Nang Non cave on June 23 after a soccer practice, and were cut off when a rainstorm flooded the cave. They were discovered last Monday by British volunteer divers huddled on a narrow rock shelf deep within the flooded caves.

"On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand", Trump said on Twitter.


Jesada said the first four boys who were taken out are now eating well.

One by one, the last of the remaining four boys were carried to ambulances that whisked them to evacuation helicopters and finally, on to the hospital.

The identity of the rescued boys has not been confirmed by authorities.

"We did something nobody thought possible", Chiang Rai province acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, leader of the rescue effort, said at a celebratory news conference.

But, two of them are suspected to have lung infections. He said rescuers told the parents that the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

For now the boys were in isolation to try to keep them safe from infections by outsiders.

"I hope that in some way our words of support may help bring them a little peace and courage in these hard moments of uncertainty and concern".

Weather is a real danger for rescuers there since this is the heart of Thailand's rainy season, which runs from May through October, according to the Rough Guide to Weather.

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