Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed

11 July, 2018, 06:26 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Thailand Ministry of Public Health

On Tuesday, the remaining four boys and the coach were successfully rescued from the cave at the base of a mountain known locally as the Sleeping Princess.

Thailand has been riveted by the dramatic rescue mission to save the "Wild Boars" team after they first got trapped in Tham Luang more than two weeks ago by rising floodwaters. They'll also be bringing back 3 Navy SEALS and a medic who have been in the cave with the team since the first day of the rescue efforts.

Eight of the trapped boys had been brought out of the cave by divers on Sunday and Monday.

The 13, who became stranded on June 23 after heavy rains trapped them underground, are now recuperating in hospital in the nearest city, Chiang Rai.

Eight of the boys-all of whom are in good health-have been rescued so far.

The parents of the boys have maintained a constant vigil outside the cave since they went missing, praying for their safe return.

The rescue operation began Sunday and has been progressing rapidly.

When asked about his first reaction as he saw the first set of boys who were rescued he admitted that he was "very scared".

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Authorities then gathered 90 divers, 50 of them foreigners, to help extract the boys out of a claustrophobic tunnel network that in some places was completely filled with water and so narrow that they could only be squeezed through.

The boys and their coach have to spend time in isolation to protect against the spread of any possible infections they may have contracted while in the cave.

Walker tweeted: "Amazing news that all of the Thai kids are out of the cave safely!" Medical officials told reporters Tuesday that they're healthy, fever-free, mentally fit and "seem to be in high spirits".

Using meditation techniques learned in a monastery where he grew up from the age of 10, Mr Chanthawong is credited with keeping the boys calm through the nine-day ordeal as they waited for rescuers to reach them. "But we will have a psychiatrist to evaluate them".

But family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier.

It was clear doctors were taking a cautious approach. "Such a handsome moment - all freed, great job!"

Pictures from Tuesday: The unprecedented mission to evacuate the "Wild Boar" football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave entered its end game on Tuesday as rescuers said they will guide the remaining four boys and their coach to freedom.

A nutritionist is monitoring their diet and has recommended that they eat nothing spicy or salty - despite the boys' cravings for spicy basil pork and rice, and grilled pork.

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