Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

8 boys rescued from Thai cave in good conditions: Thailand's Health officials

8 boys rescued from Thai cave in good conditions: Thailand's Health officials

The plan, he said, is to bring out the four boys and their coach on Tuesday if the weather cooperates.

The Thai rescue effort has been assisted by experts from around the world, and the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the dangers of the mission.

The last part of the complex operation, which has gripped Thailand and dominated global headlines, could put an end to the 18-day saga that started when the team entered the cave on June 23.

Officials lavished praise on the Thai and worldwide divers who, in pairs of two, executed the unsafe rescue mission, guiding the boys, who could barely swim and had no diving experience, through a treacherous 4-kilometer-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned through the cavern.

In that mission, two divers accompanied each boy, guided by a rope.

Four boys and their football coach are waiting to make the long and arduous journey out of the cave complex. More worrying, however, oxygen levels in the chamber where the boys sought refuge were falling.

Officials said the boys freed Sunday were hungry but in good health, and had asked for holy basil stir-fried rice, a popular Thai dish.

The rescued boys are now recovering in hospital, global media including the BBC report.

Four more of the boys were carried on stretchers out of the labyrinthine Tham Luang cave on the Myanmar border at dusk on Monday, bringing the number to eight, brought out so far after two rescue pushes on successive days.

"I hope today we will be faster or the same speed as yesterday", Narongsak said.

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"On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand", Trump said on Twitter.

The boys, aged 12-16, were the first to be extracted on Sunday and Monday, while the final four and their coach spent a 17th night inside.

The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall, although two had suspected lung infections.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Jedsada said.

Thailand's prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, who visited the cave Monday, also stopped by to see the eight boys in the hospital, Osatanakorn said.

Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave.

Heavy rains lashed the northern Thai region late Monday and a steady downpour has continued Tuesday. But they also warned heavy rain could hamper their efforts.

The rescue missions take almost half a day to complete.

"Just returned from Cave 3", tweeted the CEO.

He posted photos of the cave interior and a video showing people working their way through chest-high water. Musk says he's there to help, and you better believe he brought his kid-sized submarine with him.

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