Thailand Cave Rescue: All 12 Boys And Coach Rescued From Flooded Cave

11 July, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Divers rescue fifth boy from flooded Thailand cave

After they were found on July 2, officials cautioned it could take some time to get them out, but authorities chose to act with heavy rains forecast to hit the region.

Graphic: The Thai cave complex where four boys and their soccer coach remain trapped is expansive, stretching about 10 km.

She says it has felt like the whole world was rooting for the boys.

The SEALs helped to lead the mission to free the Wild Boars, an effort which involved thousands of people from all over the world.

It's likely once the rains became heavy, water flooded through the main entrance of the cave and seeped through the limestone walls.

Divers began a search operation on June 25, and the group was finally found - all alive - by British divers on July 2.

Global rescue teams had worked around the clock after the boys were discovered by British divers, to try to drain the caves enough to rescue them. The 12th boy and his coach were the last of the team to be rescued on Tuesday.

As a youth soccer team is gradually evacuated from a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, Hollywood producers are already eyeing a new box office smash.

Jesada said the first four taken out are eating well. "It's towards only one goal".

Eight other boys are now there recovering after being pulled out on Sunday and Monday.


They wore face masks and were tied to buddy divers who carried their oxygen tanks, guiding them through more than two kilometres of narrow, dark corridors using torches and guide ropes.

On Sunday, four boys were brought out from the cave after being tethered to rescued divers. Another four emerged Monday.

Experts had anxious that the harrowing journey could make the boys panic, triggering an underwater accident.

The boys have so far only been allowed to see their parents through the glass of a quarantined room, due to the risk of infection.

Manchester United have invited the 12 boys who were rescued after 17 days underground in a Thai cave to watch a match at Old Trafford this season.

Rescue workers wearing protection suits wait for some of the rescued schoolboys at military airport in Chiang Rai on Monday.

However, another official, Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, inspector general of the public health ministry, said initial blood tests "showed signs of infection".

"Very good. The best - not good - the very best".

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk flew to Thailand this week to help rescue 13 people trapped inside a cave - and he brought along his latest invention to assist in the recovery effort.

"Our operation was more successful than we expected", Narongsak said at a press briefing.

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