Divers Hope To Rescue Remaining Boys Trapped In Thai Cave

Divers Hope To Rescue Remaining Boys Trapped In Thai Cave

At a news conference, Jedsada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food, though they can't yet take the spicy dishes favored by many Thais.

At least two more boys have been rescued from inside Thailand's Tham Luang Nang Non cave as the second phase of a rescue operation to evacuate a teen soccer team and its 25-year-old coach continues.

Rescuers will today extract the remaining five young footballers who have been trapped deep inside a flooded Thai cave for 18 days, the mission chief said, as heavy rains threatened their perilous escape route.

Monday's rescue mission, which saw four boys extracted before dusk and whisked to Chiang Rai hospital, took around nine hours.

The final stage of the operation involves 19 rescue workers, and it would also retrieve a doctor and three Thai Navy SEALs who have stayed with the group since they were found over a week ago.

The leaders overseeing the desperate and risky 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 boys have so far been rescued from the cave, four on Sunday and another four on Monday.

The eight boys who have left the cave are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.

Authorities have said extracting the entire team from the cave could take up to four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that it could be done faster.

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The boys are expected to remain hospitalized for at least a week, meaning they won't be able to take up FIFA's invitation to attend the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

Twelve members of the Wild Boar youth football team were underground from 23 June after going for a picnic with their coach after practice.

The plan is "set for four people", Osatanakorn said.

"Four plus one coach, so it's five". However, officials scotched any chance of using the mini sub, made of rocket parts, to rescue the remaining boys.

Musk tweeted: "Just returned from Cave 3". Last Friday, one former Thai Navy Seal died while placing oxygen tanks deep within the caves.

Somboon Sompiangjai, 38, the father of one of the trapped boys, said parents were told by rescuers ahead of Sunday's operation the "strongest children" would be brought out first. The children reportedly wore full-faced masks while clinging to the bodies of rescue divers. Rescue efforts were then suspended for up to 20 hours because they had used up all the oxygen and needed to replenish supplies.

The Seals, the key force in the operation, posted on their official Facebook page that Tuesday would be a longer day than Monday.

"Today we hope it can be done within the same time or faster", said Mr Narongsak, now the governor of nearby Phayao province.

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