Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Fifth Boy Brought Out Of Thai Cave On Second Day Of Rescue

Fifth Boy Brought Out Of Thai Cave On Second Day Of Rescue

Divers had earlier launched a daring and unsafe mission to rescue the children and their soccer coach, who had been trapped underground for more than two weeks.

Narongsak said earlier on Sunday the mission may take three or four days to complete. "The rescue team is the same team with a few replacements", Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre coordinating the operation said. Operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said a total of 90 divers would be involved in the rescue mission, with 40 divers from Thailand, and 50 from overseas, including the United States, Australia, China, and Europe, according to the Washington Post.

Prayuth also declined to answer questions about health of the four boys rescued yesterday.

Two of them have been taken by ambulance to hospital while another two were airlifted, but none of them were stretchered out.

"Divers will work with doctors in the cave to examine each the kids' health to determine who should get to come out first", Narongsak said Sunday morning.

The first of the four boys emerged from the cave entrance about nine hours after a team of 18 global cave diving experts entered the underground chamber to begin the hazardous process of accompanying the boys through the flooded, narrow tunnels to safety.

Karadzic was hopeful that Monday's operation would go as smoothly.

He said all the boys were in good condition.

Four of the boys were rescued on Sunday, and authorities are now working to replenish air tanks along the cave's treacherous exit route. Time is of the essence, though, as heavy monsoons are expected to cause a rise in water levels in the cave.

Earlier efforts to pump water out of the cave have been set back by the heavy downpours.

"That is mind-boggling to me what these divers would have to do to train these boys just to get them to the point that they can swim, then you add the very unique environment of diving in dark water that's cold and moving, as they make their way up and down inclines, over and on top of rocks", Pixley said. A Thai Navy SEAL commander told reporters he believed there was "a limited amount of time" left to rescue the soccer team.

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Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days.

The ordeal has riveted Thailand and captured the world's attention.

The rescue mission has been a huge operation, led by the Royal Thai Navy's SEAL unit, and supported by a cast of hundreds.

Narongsak said that the "same multinational team" that went into the cave on Sunday to retrieve the first four boys was deployed on Monday. It was very important to get cave divers - people who have the mindset to operate in low visibility, tight spaces and no air space'.

It is still not clear how the boys will be rescued. The boys sounded calm and reassuring in handwritten notes to their families that were made public Saturday.

"I am still waiting here at the cave, keeping my fingers crossed to see whether my son will be one of those to come out today", Supaluk Sompiengjai, a mother of Pheeraphat - known by his nickname "Night" - told AFP.

In neat blue handwriting, 11-year-old Chanin Viboonrungruang, the youngest of the group, told his parents not to worry, and said he was looking forward to eating fried chicken.

"Don't be anxious", wrote another boy, Mick. "I miss everyone. Grandpa, Uncle, Mom, Dad and siblings, I love you all. I am so happy".

"I want to give him a hug!" one message said.

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.

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