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

Divers embark on mission to rescue final 5 trapped in Thai cave

Divers embark on mission to rescue final 5 trapped in Thai cave

Rescuers in Thailand ended day two of their mission with four more boys freed from the Tham Luang caves on Monday. "All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave", the SEAL unit said on its Facebook page, adding all were safe.

The leaders overseeing the desperate and unsafe rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave labyrinth in northern Thailand were only half joking when they quipped that success was in the hands of the rain god Phra Pirun. Eight of the boys have already been rescued, while four remain.

A rescue official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP the timings of Tuesday's dives were not yet set.

Seven divers in the rescue team are from the United Kingdom, including Rick Stanton and John Volanthen who were the first to reach the group last week.

Four boys and their football coach are waiting to make the long and arduous journey out of the cave complex. A British diving team reached the 12 boys and their coach after nine days.

Police and military personnel use umbrellas to shield a rescued boy beng transferred on a stretcher from a helicopter to an ambulance after he emerged from the Tham Luang cave.

To date, each rescued boy has been escorted through the labyrinthine cave by two divers, each of them holding an oxygen tank that feeds to the survivor's mask.

But crews continue to work with the knowledge that additional monsoon rains could threaten the operation and put the remaining kids and their coach in peril.

19 divers are involved in the mission to bring the last four boys and their coach to safety.

Thai boys wave to the world in first video since their rescue
The first eight boys rescued came in with low body temperatures and were provided with heaters, Thai doctors said on Tuesday. Their plight and the massive, risky three-day-long operation to free them gripped the world's attention.

The identity of the rescued boys has not been confirmed by authorities. Tuesday's operation began just after 10am.

A spokesperson from the Thai public health authority said that they were in "high spirits" and also claimed that as they are football players, they have high immune systems.

REPLAN, REPLENISH Rescue organisers say they need 20 hours to replan and replenish oxygen supplies, with the next rescue mission expected to come some time on Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting.

He said a medic and three Seals in the cave, who have been looking after those trapped, will also come out.

Eight boys have so far been rescued from the cave, four on Sunday and another four on Monday.

Eight have been rescued so far in an operation that began on Sunday.

But, two of them are suspected to have lung infections.

Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier. They were found a week ago, but the heavy rains that flooded parts of the twisting array of tunnels have made their rescue treacherous.

The third and hopefully final rescue mission is now underway.

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