Rescuers To Extract Final Five From Thai Cave Tuesday

13 July, 2018, 07:53 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn at a news conference

All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit says, marking a successful end to a perilous mission that gripped the world.

A second mission, which rescued another four boys, commenced on Monday, July 9.

"They (all the boys) will have to stay in the hospital for one week to wait for their results and to see if anything changes", he said.

On Sunday, officials said it could "take days" to rescue the remaining boys and their coach.

The boys were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave that became flooded by monsoon rains while they were exploring it after a soccer practice on June 23.

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are in decent physical and mental health with some even asking for chocolate, but they remain in hospital and under psychological observation for any lasting damage from their underground ordeal. ABC News identified the Wild Boar soccer team players Mongkol Boonbiam, Songpong Jaiwong, Ponchai Kumluang, Pipat Pothi, Duangpetch Promthep, Adul Samon, Panumat Sangdee, Peerapat Sompiangjai, Prajak Sutham, Nuttawut Takamsong, Chanin Wiboonrungrueng and Eakkarat Wongsukchan.

The boys underwent x-rays and blood tests and two who had signs of pneumonia were given antibiotics and are in a "normal state", he said, adding they will all remain under observation in hospital for a week.

Reuters reported that eight players have been rescued in unsafe attempts by a world-class global team of divers.

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Jesada said the first four boys who were taken out are now eating well.

"Potentially deadly histoplasmosis - a lung infection also known as "cave disease" and "spelunker's lung" caused by breathing in spores from animal waste - is one of several illnesses that medical experts are anxious the 12 boys and their coach could have contracted while trapped deep in the subterranean system".

"Doctors have treated the boys and now all of them are okay and cheerful".

Thai officials have been tight-lipped about the rescue operation, and would not comment on how many people were removed Monday.

Nineteen team members have entered the cave for the third rescue mission, he added.

Elon Musk visited the flooded Thailand cave to offer a "kid-sized" submarine to help with the rescue - only to be told his technology wasn't "practical" to the mission.

It was unclear what time the rescue effort would resume on Tuesday, with operations chief Narongsak Osottanakorn telling reporters divers had crafted plans to extract four people at a time. "Hopefully useful. If not, perhaps it will be in a future situation".

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