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Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

The general leading the huge global effort to rescue the young footballers and their coach thanked the god of rain for his forbearance, as the boys were guided out of the Tham Luang caves in full-face masks - easier than traditional respirators for novice divers to use - during an intense nine-hour operation. The 25-year-old football coach may have to wait one more day for rescue.

The four boys who were rescued Sunday had to travel about 2 1/2 miles with oxygen tanks.

America and Britain joined the local rescue team, and sent in more than 30 American military personnel alongside pararescue and survival specialists.

Workers have been labouring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and officials said that despite heavy downpours overnight, water levels inside the cave did not rise. "We know that bats can transmit many different infectious diseases, including things like rabies".

When asked if the four boys rescued on Sunday had eaten pad grapao, the Thai meat basil dish they'd been clamoring for, Osatanakorn said no, but that they were "fine" and could eat other normal foods, like porridge, according to the Guardian.

The plight of the boys and their coach has drawn global attention since they became trapped when they went into the cave after soccer practice on June 23.

Last night the Thai prime minister flew to the cave to thank the rescue squad, and said the ordeal should serve as a wake-up call to all children to avoid it happening again.

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Authorities say the boys are being held close to divers and wear oxygen masks.

"But I expect people will follow up with the team and the coach over a period of months to see how they're doing and to offer assistance early, and in ways that are culturally acceptable". He said rescuers told the parents that the "strongest children" would be brought out first.

"They [the first four] will be kept away from their parents for a while because we are concerned about infections", he said, before adding that doctors would decide on family visits and the boys would be kept "at a distance" or seen "through glass". Two divers are helping each one make his way through very narrow tunnels that twist and turn, and filled with dark muddy water. He said recent rains had not affected water levels in the cave and conditions were expected to be "as good as they were on Sunday", reported The Guardian.

The boys' nightmare experience - trapped in claustrophobic darkness by rising waters - resonated across the globe, riveting people both in Thailand and internationally who anxiously watched the news coming from this town along the border with Myanmar. Word seems to spread from different sources but the Thai Navy Seals Facebook page gives the official updates. 4.27pm: The third day of the rescue mission has reportedly begun at 11am today (local time). Let's keep our fingers crossed that the team and their coach, and all those involved with the rescue will be out safely!

But the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the danger of the journey.

Twelve children and one adult were trapped in underground caves in northern Thailand on June 23rd, and a rescue mission is still taking place to bring the victims home.

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