Last remaining kid, coach evacuated from Thai cave

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

"The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe", the SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page. All the rescued are expected to be taken to the hospital soon.

1 NEWS' Correspondent Kimberlee Downs from Chiang Rai, Thailand, following the successful completion of the rescue.

Even before the final rescues, tributes began for the courage of the boys and their ability to survive the ordeal. ABC News has identified the Wild Boar soccer team players Mongkol Boonbiam, Songpong Jaiwong, Ponchai Kumluang, Pipat Pothi, Duangpetch Promthep, Adul Samon, Panumat Sangdee, Peerapat Sompiangjai, Prajak Sutham, Nuttawut Takamsong, Chanin Wiboonrungrueng and Eakkarat Wongsukchan.

Dr Harris was specifically identified by British divers and requested by the "highest levels" of the Thai government to join the rescue, according to the Australian government.

Thongchai Lertwilairatanapong, a public health inspector, said Wednesday the 12 boys and coach rescued over the three previous days "took care of themselves well in the cave".

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and the coach, 25, had been trapped in the flooded Than Luang cave system for more than two weeks.

"I'm very happy that children are all out", said one of the men employed by the Thai government to help with the rescue.

Narongsak also paid tribute to Lieutenant Smaan Kunan, the ex-navy SEAL diver who died during a mission last week while delivering oxygen in the cave, saying his sacrifice would be remembered.

Despite all the risks associated with the rescue, she says she never had any doubt that the boys would all make it out.


"He was an integral part of the rescue attempt", said Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop who added that the doctor was internationally renowned for his cave rescue expertise.

The first eight boys brought out were doing well and were in good spirits at the hospital.

Officials there reported the first four rescued can now stand up and walk, but they can't go far.

"We believe this simple gesture can help these faces recover the joy and smiles that no child should ever lose", Vieira said in the letter.

All 13 would be kept in quarantine at the hospital for seven days and their health would be monitored for seven more days after being discharged.

Families of both groups were allowed to visit them in their patient rooms but were required to wear protective clothing and remain at least two metres away to prevent disease transmission.

The 53-year-old gave up a family holiday and made his way to Northern Thailand, where he scuba dived 4km through cold, dark and narrow passages to reach the boys and assessed them as medically fit to attempt the risky escape mission.

"I have one [of] the world's best engineering teams, who normally design spaceships and spacesuits, working on this thing 24 hours a day", Musk wrote in an email to Dick Stanton, one of the leaders of the search and rescue effort in Thailand, on July 8.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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