Rescuers To Extract Final Five From Thai Cave Tuesday

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

Four were rescued over the weekend.

The rescued boys are being quarantined in case any of them contracted infections while inside the cave.

Four more boys were pulled from the cave that day - the first emerging before 5 p.m.

- Divers and rescue workers in Thailand have begun what could be the final push to free four boys and their soccer coach still trapped in a cave in the country's remote north, according to a Thai Navy official with knowledge of the operational details.

But with oxygen levels inside dropping to risky lows and the prospect of heavy rains flooding the area completely, authorities decided they had to move quickly, and take the group out through the water-filled tunnels.

The operation began just after 10am on Tuesday as the first eight boys, freed in operations on Sunday and Monday, recuperated at a hospital in the nearest city, Chiang Rai. "Two of them showed irregularities in their lungs. We will complete the mission for you". Each boy was accompanied underwater by two divers helping them navigate the dark, murky water in the flooded tunnels.

"The weather conditions and other environments today are as good as yesterday. Asked for there not to be rain", Osatanakorn said.

"I'm hoping for good news".

A Thai well wisher puts a poster to pray for boys and their soccer coach who have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand Monday.

They had set out on an adventure to explore the cave - reportedly for a picnic to celebrate one of their birthdays.

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Since it is rainy season, you can expect nearly everyday you will get some type of rain.

For the five still stranded, it's been 17 days since they've been outside.

They pumped out water from the cave, reducing water levels by 30 centimetres.

At some point, there was talk of leaving of the boys in the cave throughout the rainy season, Tracy said.

The current rescue operation is not, Tracy said, "the preferred option". In some places, the boys had to be carried under flooded areas, some only as narrow as 0.6 meter wide.

But bringing out the remaining four boys and their coach could take more than one operation, Narongsak warned. However, Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk of the Thai ministry of public health said the boys will not be able to make the trip, reported Channel News Asia. It takes several hours.

The Seals, the key force in the operation, posted on their official Facebook page that Tuesday would be a longer day than Monday. Nine people remain trapped in the cave. A health official said Tuesday that all eight boys are in "high spirits".

"For the second lot of patients arriving last night, whose ages range from 12 to 14, they arrived with very low body temperature, and one of them had a low heart rate", he said.

Tech-billionaire Elon Musk also said that he has visited the site of the rescue operation and has delivered them a mini-submarine to be used if necessary. He said it was out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped in the cave.

Adesman said the parents and mental health professionals will need to be on the lookout for the symptons of PTSD, including nightmares, flashbacks, concentration issues and impulsive or aggressive behavior.

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