Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground


Rescue operations have halted for the night and will restart on Tuesday. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting all eight in the nearby hospital that they were helicoptered to, he said. "Four plus one coach, so it's five".

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said rescuers had learned from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out as scattered monsoon rains continued to risk flooding the tunnels with water.

American space entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeted that he was in Thailand today with a prototype mini-sub, at the flooded cave where five members of a youth football team remained trapped.

In a drama that has received press coverage across the world, two British cave rescue specialists, workign with Thai military teams, found the 13 on a bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex on Monday, last week. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of global experts and rescuers, including a United States military team.

There is no indication so far that Thai rescuers plan to use Musk's prototype.

The rescue mission is expected to resume Tuesday morning local time to bring out the remainder of the team. 4.24pm: The rescued boys have been set up with IV drips and antibiotics, as well as receiving vaccines for tetanus and rabies, the Guardian reports. About two hours later, the third and fourth boys were pulled from the cave 10 minutes apart, he said.

After a perilous journey to safety through the depths of the Tham Luang caves, the rescued members of the Thai boys football team will have to wait before sharing a hug with their loved ones.

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Families have not been told which boys are free, so all parents have agreed to remain at the cave until the entire team is rescued.

At the Mae Sai Prasitsart School, where six of the 12 boys studied, the principal and teachers said they promised to give the boys a lighter homework load once they are back in class.

They also have minor scratches possibly caused by tree branches.

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The second shift of the rescue effort to evacuate the trapped soccer team saw a team of 18 Thai and global divers guide four boys about 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometres) to the cave's entrance using a 3-mile (4.8 kilometre) rope on Monday. Cave exploring is something they usually do after practices, but this excursion proved costly after they were trapped by the heavy rains.

But although the eight were rescued, there were concerns they may have contracted an illness while in the cave.

Four other youngsters and their soccer coach are still inside.

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