First four of trapped Thai football team rescued
Updated : Monday, July 09, 2018 10:35 AM (GMT+0700)

Thefirst four of the 12 young footballers who together with their coach weretrapped in the flooded Tham Luang cave of Thailand were rescued on late July 8.

Some members of the football team trapped in Tham Luang cave - Photo: Xinhua/VNA

Narongsak Osottanakorn, headof the rescue operation, told reporters that they managed to rescue and sendback the four children to Chiang Rai Prachanukrua Hospital safely.

The boys emerged separatelyfrom the cave from between 5:30pm and 6pm (Thailand time), and each of them wasaccompanied by two divers in the rescue effort which was launched at 10am thesame day.

Rescuers planned to get thefootball team out of the cave in four groups, and the healthiest were taken outfirst. The rest would be split into groups of three. The coach was in the lastgroup.

A team of 90 divers,including 50 from foreign countries were involved in the rescue effort, whichis set to resume on July 9 morning.

The boys – members of theWild Boars football team between the ages 11 and 16 – had been exploring thecave network with their soccer coach on June 23, when heavy seasonal rainsflooded the cave's entrance, forcing the group further and further into thelabyrinth of tunnels in search of higher ground.

They were found alive onJuly 2 after 10 days of being trapped in the flooded cave complex.


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