Final Rescue Mission For Trapped Thai Boys' Football Team Is Underway

Final Rescue Mission For Trapped Thai Boys' Football Team Is Underway

Final Rescue Mission For Trapped Thai Boys' Football Team Is Underway

Four divers who stayed with the group were still to emerge.


The members of the "Wild Boars" team, aged between 12 and 16, were guided to safety through the twisting, submerged passages of the Tham Luang cave by a team of worldwide expert divers flanked by Thai Navy SEALs over two days in a meticulously planned operation. "All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the Navy SEAL unit, which led the rescue, said on its Facebook page, adding all were safe.

The plight of the boys and their coach has drawn global attention since they became trapped when they went into the cave after soccer practice on June 23.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wrote on Twitter: "Delighted to see the successful rescue of those trapped in the caves in Thailand".

Divers tried to train them with basic diving skills as a part of mission to extract them from the flooded cave after they were found on July 2.

The first people to find the 12 boys and their coach were British divers John Volanthen and Richard Stanton.

The second group of four rescued Monday, 12-14, also had low body temperatures and one had an irregular heartbeat, but by Tuesday morning all four boys were normal, Jesada said.

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.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS has been guiding the boys out through almost 4 km (2.5 miles) of sometimes submerged, pitch-dark channels.

The ninth boy was carried from the cave on a stretcher shortly AFTER 11:00 SAST, Reuters and CNN reported. "Most of the boys lost an average of 2kg". Now, two boys along with their football coach remain in the caves.

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"All five will be brought out at the same time today", said the head of the rescue mission, Narongsak Osottanakornon, on Tuesday. Tuesday's operation began just after 10am.

Writing in elegant Thai script, the boys urged their parents not to worry, adding that they hoped they wouldn't get too much homework after being rescued and couldn't wait to eat their favorite foods again. "Everyone is in high spirits and are happy to get out".

People across Thailand cheered the rescue operation, including at the Mae Sai Prasitsart school where six of the trapped boys are students.

Rescue mission leader Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a sudden press conference on Tuesday that the rescue mission began at 10 a.m. local time and the remaining four children and their coach are expected to come out today.

"Today (Tuesday) we hope to be faster", Narongsak added, of the complex and unsafe operation that involves diving through narrow, flooded chambers.

1 NEWS reporter Kimberlee Downs is now in Chiang Rai near the scene of the cave rescue, she says today's mission will be complicated by the fact there are more people to extract, including medics and divers who were stationed in the cave with the group.

Medical teams previously said concerns included hypothermia and an airborne lung infection known as "cave disease", which is caused by bat and bird droppings.

The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said.

He said, "the kids are footballers so they have high immune systems".

Elite military and divers from several countries entered the cave on three separate days to bring out the boys one by one.

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