Third rescue mission underway at Thai cave aims to rescue all left

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

Two Australians who helped rescue 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave system say they were "humbled" after playing critical roles in the operation.

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.

Narongsak Osot-tanakorn, Former Governor of Chiang Rai who heads the rescue operation, said divers hope to rescue the last four boys and their coach from the cave Tuesday.

Officials said all eight of the boys rescued so far were "good physically and mentally", though two of the four brought out on Monday had swollen lungs.

He was taken by helicopter and then ambulance to the hospital in Chiang Rai were the first four boys, who were rescued on Sunday, are now being held in quarantine as they undergo tests.

Rescue leader Narongsak Osatanakorn said at a sudden press conference on Tuesday that the mission began at 10.08 a.m. local time and that everyone in the cave is expected to be rescued today.

Authorities were exploring multiple options to get the 13 Thais out, including tunnelling in or providing them with enough supplies to wait out the monsoon season.

Musk has been tweeting about the rescue mission for the last few days.

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This now brings the total number of rescued boys to eight. Doctors were being cautious because of the infection risk and were isolating the boys in the hospital.

Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food.

The families of the four boys rescued on Sunday were allowed to visit them on Monday evening, but they were kept separated by a glass window.

"The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity", Jesada said when asked why they survived so long. It is now unclear whether Musk or his technology will be used in the rescue efforts, but Musk confirmed via tweet that the submarine is in Thailand and ready to be used if needed.

He said that a second rescue operation was planned for 10-20 hours" later, as the team had "used all the oxygen', which would need replenishing before they could resume.

The first images have been released of the Thai soccer team recovering in the hospital after being rescued from a cave. Two divers were helping each one make his way through very small passages filled with water.

The youngest member of the Wild Boar team in the cave is just 11 years old.

It's unclear whether Thai officials will opt to use Musk's submarine to rescue the four remaining boys and their soccer coach.

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