Final Rescue Mission For Trapped Thai Boys' Football Team Is Underway

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

After more lab results are scrutinised, parents of the first four will after 48 hours be allowed to visit their children at their beds wearing protective gear.

A witness near the cave told the Reuters news agency that medical workers carried four people to emergency rescue vehicles.

The plight of the boys and their coach has riveted Thailand and much of the world - from the heart-sinking news they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found 10 days later by a pair of British divers. "Two of them showed irregularities in their lungs".

Rescuers in Thailand are racing against predicted monsoon rains - that could kick up in the middle of this week - to free the remaining boys still trapped in a flooded cave.

The first successes on Sunday offered hope of a fairytale ending to the ordeal.

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

The weather has cleared up to coincide with the operations today, having been raining heavily overnight. Divers escorted the children, who wore equipment to help them breathe. Other divers were on guard along the unsafe first kilometer of the passageway.

Rescue organisers said they needed 20 hours to replan and replenish oxygen supplies, with the next rescue mission expected to come some time on Tuesday afternoon.

In that mission, two divers accompanied each boy, guided by a rope.


Officials scotched any chance of using tech billionaire Elon Musk's mini sub made of rocket parts to rescue the remaining boys.

The optimistic mood was in contrast to the saddened atmosphere at the cave last week, after former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan, 37, died while laying air tanks underground on Thursday.

Narongsak described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly. He said it was out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped in the cave.

"The boys were asking for bread with chocolate spread", Jedsada said, adding that the request was granted but they were kept away from spicy food.

The soccer team and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand on June 23 and were trapped by floodwaters.

Somboon Sompiangjai is the father of one of the 12 boys.

"If we bring five we have to change the plan", he told reporters late on Monday.

So the challenge for the children lies in keeping in keeping calm while remembering the minutiae of a new skill, Foisey said.

Last week, Musk said he was sending teams to Thailand from his private space exploration firm, SpaceX, and engineering firm, Boring Co. which is developing tunneling systems for transport projects.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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