Thailand: Four more boys rescued from flooded cave
Updated : Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:03 PM (GMT+0700)

Fourmore boys were safely removed from the flooded Thai cave on July 9 as rescuemissions resumed this morning to save the youth football team trapped inside. 

Illustrative photo - Photo: CNN

The news comes just hoursafter rescuers had returned into the cave aiming to bring out more from thegroup of boys and their coach, who have been trapped in Tham Luang cave complexin Chiang Rai province for over two weeks now.

Thailand’s Interior MinisterAnupong Paojinda said the first four boys rescued on late July 8 are ingood health and expected to meet their parents tonight after a 24-hourseparation to ensure they are not at risk of developing diseases stemming fromtheir ordeal.  

The first four boys emergedseparately from the cave between 5:30pm and 6pm (Thailand time) and eachaccompanied by two divers in the rescue effort launched at 10am the same day.

Rescuers planned to get thefootball team out of the cave in four groups, with the healthiest taken outfirst. The rest would be split into groups of three, and the coach would be inthe last group.

Speaking at a press conference on July 9, mission chief NarongsakOsottanakorn said the second operation began at 11am. Water levelsinside the cave dropped a further 30cm on July 8,the lowest, thanks to continuous pumping efforts.

The boys – members of theWild Boars football team between the ages of 11 and 16 – had been exploring thecave network with their  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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