Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Cave

The boys and their coach. /COURTESY The boys and their coach. /COURTESY
Lisa Bryan | 09 July, 2018, 03:44

A Royal Thai Police helicopter carrying rescued schoolboys lands at a military airport in the northern Province of Chiang Rai, Thailand on July 8, 2018.

The boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in the complex cave system since June 23 by flooded passageways.

Bursts of heavy monsoon rain soaked the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province on Sunday and storms were expected in the coming weeks, increasing the risks in what has been called a "war with water and time" to save the team. During the briefing, he said, "Today was the best situation - in terms of kids' health, water, and our rescue readiness".

The rescue mission has concluded for the night.

"And really when you look at the long-term forecast, it really extends the next 7 to 10 days", she said.

Eight Australian divers, six from the Australian Federal Police, are part of the 90-strong Thai and worldwide diving team taking part in the operation.

In a tweet Sunday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump said, "The U.S.is working very closely with the Government of Thailand to help get all of the children out of the cave and to safety". Elon Musk has also dispatched engineers from Tesla, Space X, and the Boring Company.

The Thai Navy said Saturday that three SEALs, one a doctor, were with the boys and coach.

It is estimated that the boys and their coach are 1.24 miles from the mouth of the cave and about 0.6 miles below the surface.

All media and non-emergency personnel have been cleared from the site, so all updates will be reported by local authorities from this point on.


His parents, who along with other families, have maintained a constant vigil at the site since the boys first became trapped.

Reporters are ordered to move 2 kilometres back as final rescue preparations began on Sunday at Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai.

Rescue workers are seen at the Tham Luang cave.

Two divers would accompany each boy, guided by rope. "The boys are ready to face any challenges".

It was on his advice that the first four boys were cleared to make the incredibly risky journey out of the flooded cave complex, emerging alive on Sunday.

The rescue started at 10 am Thai time and involved 13 global divers and five Thai navy seals, who were described by Governor Narongsak as "an all-star team", reports the Daily Mail.

A former member of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit died during a dive on Thursday night, a grim turn in what began two weeks ago as an outing to celebrate the birthday of one of the boys.

Officials worked to supply the 12 boys and their coach with oxygen through a 3 mile (5 kilometer) cable running through the cave's winding chambers on Friday.

The preparations indicated that officials have abandoned all extraction plans except for helping the boys to swim and dive the approximately 5km from their refuge inside the cave to the outside world.

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