Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

All 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from Thailand cave

All 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from Thailand cave

The announcement came a day after a group of rescuers brought four boys out of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in a risky operation that involved them diving through narrow, winding passages filled with muddy water and strong currents.

He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys were rescued on Sunday.

At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday.

The focus is now on the eight remaining members of the football team and their coach, whom divers hope to bring out after rescuing four boys on Sunday.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. The group became stranded after torrential monsoon rains caused the system to flood and were missing for nine days before being discovered by two British divers early last week.

Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the boy's rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out Sunday.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and risky operation that involved them diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages were in good health.

Four boys and their coach remain in the cave Monday, CNN reports. Hopefully we will have good news in a few hours.

On Sunday, it took 11 hours to bring out four persons.

After meeting with Thai SEAL officials and the other rescue teams involved in the operation, he said that this incident was a lesson to be learned and should never happen again in Thailand.

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Officials said at a news conference that the parents of the rescued boys, whose names have not been released, have not yet been allowed to have physical contact with them, pending more extensive examination of their physical condition.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda told reporters the four boys rescued on Sunday were in good health in hospital but did not give details.

The boys who were rescued on Sunday were strong and safe but needed to undergo detailed medical checks, he said. With the assistance of divers, they swam out with oxygen tanks, along a 2-mile long rope guiding them out.

Their escape led to an explosion of jubilation on social media in Thailand as the rescued boys were rushed to hospital.

A medic and three Thai Navy SEALs who have stayed with the boys on a small, dry shelf deep in the flooded cave will also come out, he said. One of the boys was removed by divers, placed on a stretcher and hospitalized.

Having completed this section, the boys are then handed over to separate, specialist rescue teams, who help assist them through the remainder of the cave, much of which they can wade through. But the rescue was prodded into action by the threat of a fresh round of rains and falling oxygen levels in the cave.

Thai policemen secure the road leading to Tham Luang cave area as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018.

However, many have been asking the very reasonable question of why the boys were in the cave in the first place?

Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha has arrived to visit the rescue site.

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