Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Miracle Rescue In ThailandMiracle Rescue In Thailand

Miracle Rescue In ThailandMiracle Rescue In Thailand

Nine people remained trapped in the cave, including the team's coach, after four boys were rescued on Sunday, the first day of the rescue operation.

The rescue process started at 10am and involved 13 worldwide divers and five Thai navy seals, who were described by Narongsak as "an all-star team", reports the Daily Mail.

Rescue teams have been helped by the fact that the rain stopped for several days, Chinchar said, allowing water to be pumped out of the cave and making it possible for the four boys and specialist rescue teams to make the final leg of the journey on foot.

Thai authorities confirmed the second phase of the operation to rescue a youth soccer team trapped in a flooded cave was underway.

On Friday, officials warned that oxygen levels in the cave dropped from 21% to 15%, further complicating rescue efforts. Dr. Ashton said the boys are possibly weak from lack of solid foods and from being sedentary on a small beach inside the cave where most remain marooned. Officials recognize that they have to finish the recuses quickly, before seasonal monsoon rains arrive and flood the caves even further.

"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Narongsak said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice. "When they're deprived of light and their comfort issues from home there can be psychological sequelae that have to be addressed, and we've seen that before with people who have been held hostage or in kind of hard environmental situations", Ashton said, referring to the medical term for the after effects of a traumatic incident.

It's a total of four kilometers from the entrance to where the boys are trapped.

A Thai official says the next phase of the operation to rescue the rest of the trapped boys will begin in 10 to 20 hours as rescuers replenish their oxygen tanks. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game.

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Ivan Karadzic, a Danish dive instructor who lives in Thailand and who was involved in the rescue effort of the four people on Sunday as a support diver, said late that night that "it went surprisingly well, we were expecting bad things to happen, and they didn't". More air canisters will be placed by the divers along the underwater route.

Rescuers didn't use Musk's ideas to get the first four boys out, but Musk tweeted that he's communicating with the Thai government and other experts on the submarine idea. "Just the words "thank you" is not enough to explain all the feelings we have for them".

Authorities have said the boys are being held close to divers and wear oxygen masks to enable normal breathing.

The president of soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday if they make it out in time.

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said the four who escaped were "safe" but released few details about their condition or identities.

"With some mods, this could also work as an escape pod in space", SpaceX's billionaire CEO, Elon Musk, said today in a series of tweets sharing the team's progress.

"If you ask me how long it will take, no one can answer that".

One of the boys, identified as Tun, wrote: "Mom and Dad, please don't worry, I am fine".

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