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

Thai Cave Rescue: Sixth Boy Leaves, Six Soccer Players and Coach Remain

Thai Cave Rescue: Sixth Boy Leaves, Six Soccer Players and Coach Remain

As of Tuesday, four other team members and their 25-year-old assistant coach are still stranded in the cave.

Monday's rescue effort took about nine hours, two fewer than the day before, in a sign of growing confidence and expertise.

Technology billionaire Elon Musk went into the cave on Monday and left the rescue team with a "kid-sized" submarine his company SpaceX had built, Thailand's interior Minister Anupong Paochinda said.

America and Britain joined the local rescue team, and sent in more than 30 American military personnel alongside pararescue and survival specialists.

"All of them have an increase in white cells in the blood, which indicates infections, so we have given them antibiotics as a precaution", Chokedamrongsuk said.

Nineteen divers entered Tham Luang cave at 10.08am on Tuesday, hoping to bring out the remaining four boys and their football coach still trapped inside.

"We plan to bring out four boys and coach", he said, adding "a doctor, and three (Thai Navy) Seals" who have stayed with the group since they were found more than a week ago will also leave the cave today. It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the U.S. Navy: "Hooyah!"

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday.

Speaking at a news conference ahead of Monday's operation, Mr Narongsak touched on concerns after monsoon rains lashed the region for several hours the night before.

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Thai policemen secure the road leading to Tham Luang cave area as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. That's how deadly the rescue mission is! . The boys are still requesting the Thai basil fried rice, but they're not allowed to eat it yet.

"If Phra Pirun helps us, we might be able to do it very quickly", Narongsak said, again invoking the god of rain, who is widely revered in Thailand.

Rescuers navigating a perilous 2.5 mile stretch of narrow, flooded tunnels have saved eight of the 13 members of a soccer team trapped in a Thai cave. Heavy rains in the morning cleared during the day, leaving the teams operating outside the cave in stifling heat.

"We have not been told which child has been brought out ..."

The eight boys rescued after being trapped for more than two weeks were described as generally healthy.

He attributed the improvement of the extraction mission with lesser time spent to the increased experience with the terrain of the divers, the 100 plus people from different countries who installed the base line and the other support equipment.

"The divers that were assembled from many countries are proud to have conducted this operation until its success", Narongsak said.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who executed the unsafe rescue mission, guiding boys who can barely swim and have no diving experience through a treacherous 4-kilometer-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned and rose and fell inside the mountain cave complex.

However the boys - aged between 12 and 16 - would remain in quarantine until doctors were sure they had not contracted any infections from inside the cave.

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