Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground

Rescue Operation To Save The Thai Football Team Is Underway

Rescue Operation To Save The Thai Football Team Is Underway

Four were rescued Sunday and another four were rescued on Monday. The team was initially planning to leave the boys in the cave until the water recedes but decided against it for fear of further flooding as more monsoon rains are expected in the coming days.

An official briefed on the rescue operation said Monday the rescued kids haven't yet been served the chicken dish but are starting instead with lighter blander food such as diluted porridge. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place oxygen canisters along the route., necessary for divers to safely travel the five to six hour route to where the boys are. They were missing for nine days before being discovered by British divers last week.

How long will the rescue operation take?

The rescued boys had to travel almost two and a half miles from inside the cave to reach the outside, a path that is partially submerged in fast-flowing freezing water and with peaks and crevices extremely hard to fit through.

The boys and their coach had been stranded in Tham Luang Nang Non when they went exploring in the cave after a scrimmage.

Medics appeared to remove one person on a stretcher but hid the person's identity behind multiple white umbrellas.

But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned. It was unclear who was inside the ambulance or the helicopter.

Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach from the cave as monsoon rains bore down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province.

The first of the Wild Boars soccer team emerged from the cave at 5.37pm local time. It takes several hours. "We should hear good news again", Narongsak said.

Eight boys are still inside the cave and along with the team coach. They wore full-faced masks "while hanging on to the bodies of rescue divers", Channel News Asia reported.

Musk also said that a second sub, which is apparently 30cm shorter than the first one designed, was nearly complete, meaning that more than one device would be available for the rescues.

"Today is D-Day", Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters earlier in the day.

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Expert divers Sunday rescued four of 12 boys from a flooded cave in northern Thailand where they were trapped with their soccer coach for more than two weeks. Rescue crews are anxious about the amount of air the trapped children are using, which is being drained rapidly.

"I beg Phra Pirun because the Meteorological Department said that from Monday on there will be continuous rain", Bancha said.

The soccer team had been trapped in the underground cave network since June 23.

News of the release of the first four children on Sunday was greeted with elation in Thailand but rescuers say there are still significant risks with a majority of the boys still to undertake the risky 3.2km (2 mile) journey through the jagged, narrow and muddy cave.

He said the boys rescued Sunday are strong and safe but need to undergo detailed medical checks. But in the past few days, they have avoided the heavy downpours that can flood the cave. "The plan that I've held on to from the beginning is that we have to bring the kids out and the determining factor of this plan is to have as little water as possible", Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said, adding that floodwaters have been drained as much as possible. The safety of the divers, who have meticulously planned the mission, is also paramount.

Even tech billionaire Elon Musk has been lending a helping hand.

Musk shared via Twitter videos of his engineers testing its "kid-size submarine" - the same one that is apparently on its way to Thailand - underwater in a Los Angeles pool.

Rescue operation paused for 10 hours as teams prepare.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha went to the cave to inspect the rescue operation later on Monday, with navy rescuers giving him a rousing cheer.

Multiple calls to senior government officials and military personnel leading the rescue operation rang unanswered Monday evening.

He had said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route.

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