Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave

Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave

His colleagues said they would "not let the sacrifice of our friend go to waste".

Narongsak said after the first four boys were rescued that they would be quarantined "for a while because we are concerned about infections".

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On Monday afternoon, Osatanakorn said the same group of divers involved in Sunday's rescue operation had entered the cave at 11 a.m. local time to rescue the group still stuck inside. That time, however, was later than the ongoing rescue mission was expected to last.

Rescuers had planned to take a 10- to 20-hour pause in the rescue efforts to replenish the cave with oxygen and give the team of 18 divers leading the boys on the hard journey a chance to rest.

Their diet has been upgraded from diluted porridge to bread and chocolate - their two requests this morning.

Two boys have minor lung infections and one had a fever, doctors have said. 4.08pm: The BBC has released an infographic on how the boys and their football coach are being rescued.

The youngest child, Chanin Wiboonrunreung, and 25-year-old football coach Ekaphol Chantawong, are still inside.

The global effort to save the group has paired divers in "buddy teams" with the remaining eight boys and their coach.

The rescue involves taking the boys from where they have been sheltering and through dark, tight and twisting passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents.

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They also have minor scratches possibly caused by tree branches.

A stretcher which is believed to be carrying a boy rescued from the Tham Luang cave is moved from an ambulance in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, in this photo taken by Kyodo July 9, 2018.

The other four boys will likely see their parents today.

Two of the boys are now being treated for minor lung infections.

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave complex are in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said on Tuesday as rescuers began a third and more challenging final mission to free the remaining five. But they also warned heavy rain could hamper their efforts.

The rescuers have been learning from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out on Monday.

The eight who have already been rescued are recovering in hospital.

The 12 boys and their coach were found alive late Monday evening (2nd July) about 400 metres beyond an air-pocket area called "Pattaya Beach".

Rescue operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn described Sunday's initial rescue bid as "D-Day" when it was launched, and there were fears that any one of many potential pitfalls could prove deadly.

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