Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground

Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground

Narongsak said Monday's rescues involving 18 divers and a support team of 100 had taken nine hours, two fewer than the rescues on Sunday.

It's unclear whether Thai officials will opt to use Musk's submarine to rescue the four remaining boys and their soccer coach.

"One of the things we have learned from previous research is that how young people are before they undergo an extreme experience like this is often a reasonably good predictor of how they will do later on after the event".

Delight as the first of the trapped Thai boys freed from cave after more than two weeks deep underground.

The second rescue involved numerous same divers who evacuated the first four boys Sunday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn told reporters.

It is unclear whether parents have been informed which of the children have been rescued so far.

As of this midday Monday, eight of the 12 boys had been rescued, and operations were ongoing.

Thirteen global divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation. The Associated Press reports that four ambulances were seen leaving the area near the cave entrance on Monday, with patients taken to waiting helicopters.

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Soldiers arrive outside the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 8, 2018. "Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALS wrote on their Facebook page Monday, referring to the boys' soccer team, the Wild Boars.

"Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn refused to rule out 25-year-old Ekaphol Chantawong being left inside the cave if the four remaining pupils are rescued today, because the divers" system of taking that many at a time was working well. The 13 were trapped during a visit on June 23 when monsoon floods blocked the cave exit and forced them back three miles into the mountain - where they have stayed on a ledge starving in the darkness. The rescued boys had to travel almost two and a half miles from inside the cave to reach the outside, a path that is partially submerged in fast-flowing freezing water and with peaks and crevices extremely hard to fit through.

"The death of the former Thai Navy SEAL illustrates the difficulty of this rescue", Manning said.

In a race against time amid a heavy downpour, experts concluded their original plan to swim the boys out was the best option.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said lessons from the initial effort would be applied as two more groups of four were brought out of the cave.

"We have more operating personnel". "The plan that I've held on to from the beginning is that we have to bring the kids out and the determining factor of this plan is to have as little water as possible". He had said fresh air tanks needed to be laid along the underwater route.

"The fact that it took so many hours underscores how precarious this whole mission is", she said.

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