Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Thai cave rescue: Eight freed boys given clean bill of health

Thai cave rescue: Eight freed boys given clean bill of health

A tenth boy has emerged from deep within a cave complex in northern Thailand, the second to be rescued on the third day of a huge global operation to save the boys and their coach.

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 Thai youth soccer team and their coach became trapped in the cave they were exploring on June 23 after heavy rains flooded exits.

In the past two days, eight boys were rescued and are now in a hospital isolation ward while they are tested for any possible infections.

Jesada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

Thai authorities said the four boys rescued from the cave are hungry but in good health.

The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL underscored the risks. "And we will do it faster because we are afraid of the rain". We've started giving them "medical food" this morning. "So I've been asking for three days".

The urgent and risky effort has involved the boys diving through the cave's tight and twisting passages, guided by experienced divers.

Four more boys were pulled from the cave that day - the first emerging before 5 p.m. "Everyone is in high spirits and is happy to get out".

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Their friends were full of optimism - and worry. Rescue officials said the team's coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, who also remains stranded, was among "the weakest in the group" because he gave up his share of food and water to the children in the early days of their entrapment.

"Even when my friends have left the cave, I'm anxious about their physical well-being". Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was visiting all eight in the nearby hospital that they were helicoptered to, he said.

The boys' nightmare experience - trapped in claustrophobic darkness by rising waters - resonated across the globe, riveting people both in Thailand and internationally who anxiously watched the news coming from this town along the border with Myanmar.

Musk also said that a second sub, which is apparently 30cm shorter than the first one designed, was nearly complete, meaning that more than one device would be available for the rescues.

"The factors are as good as yesterday, and the rescue team is the same team with a few replacements for those exhausted", Narongsak Osatanakorn, the governor of Chiang Rai province who's leading the operation, said Monday, The Guardian reported. More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the cave were falling.

Sunday and Monday's rescue missions took between nine and 11 hours.

"We have more operating personnel". Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's navy SEAL unit are taking part in the rescue operation.

The sickest boys were brought out first, officials revealed Monday, as five people still remained inside. It takes several hours.

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