Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

4 of 12 Boys Trapped in Thailand Cave Have Been Rescued

4 of 12 Boys Trapped in Thailand Cave Have Been Rescued

Four boys among a group of 13 trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than a fortnight were rescued on Sunday after surviving a treacherous escape, raising hopes elite divers would also save the others soon.

When the boys are freed, they will immediately be taken to Chiangrai Prachanukroh hospital, around 60 miles from the cave site. An entire floor of the 14-story hospital has been reserved for treating the soccer team, according to local media reports.

Narongsak said Saturday that experts told him new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to just 10 square meters (108 square feet).

Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the unsafe mission to bring out the 12 boys and their soccer coach earlier on Sunday. They expect the first rescue to be completed by 9 p.m. Sunday.

The rescue mission had called today "D-Day" because the water was at its lowest since the boys were discovered and heavy rains were forecast for later this week, giving them only four days to get all the boys out. But they remain "at war with water and time" as torrential monsoon downpours deluged the Tham Luang cave, in the hilly jungle of northern Thailand, and threatened to flood it even further.

With oxygen levels dropping to 30 percent and approaching monsoon rains, authorities decided now was the time to rescue the boys aged 11 to 16, Narongsak said at an earlier news conference.

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The Thai defence ministry said a team from a Musk firm with drilling and exploration know-how should reach the cave on Sunday.

Earlier Thai's Navy SEALS said that three boys had been rescued, and officials later told Reuters and AFP that six boys had been saved.

The four had been trapped underground with eight other boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old soccer coach for more than two weeks.

The team and coach were exploring the cave after a practice game when heavy rainfall and flooding cut off their escape route out of the cave and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. We will have to do the next mission as successfully as the one we did today.

One cave explorer who has been inside the Tham Luang cave complex described it a "labyrinth", adding it was much more hard to navigate than any other he had experienced.

The letters from the boys penned by the Thai Navy SEAL who is staying with the boys in the cave.

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Thai authorities have confirmed that four members of the football team that was left stranded in a cave have now been rescued.

The only way to bring the 13 out is by navigating dark and tight passageways filled with muddy water and strong currents, as well as oxygen-depleted air.

Last night, the Thai king led tributes to rescuers and the schoolboys as scenes of joyful weeping nationwide were shown on television.

The rescue mission is proving to be hard for divers whose efforts are continually hampered by rising water that has filled sections of the cave, often forcing them to stop.

On Saturday, a doctor examined the boys and said they were in good health. With love." "Don't be anxious, I miss everyone.

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And when someone asked if it had been "Confirmed to maneuver through even the most narrow passages ", he answered "yes". Narongsak says the rescue mission was launched because floodwaters inside the cave are at their most optimal level.

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