Day for Thai cave rescue

09 July, 2018, 03:46 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Rescue personnel arrive as rescue operations continue for 12 boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave at Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province

On Sunday night, Thai navy SEALs posted a celebratory note on their Facebook page, saying: "Have sweet dreams everyone". However, there has been no official word on this so far.

The Thai government has confirmed that rescuers have managed to free four boys from the cave in Northern Thailand where they have been trapped for two weeks.

The soccer team's ordeal has drawn huge media attention in Thailand and overseas, as monsoon conditions worsened amid a frantic search to find the trapped youngsters.

Complicated rescue: Local government officials said 13 foreign and five Thai divers are taking part in the long and risky operation to free the 12 young soccer players and their 25-year-old coach.

The ongoing rescue could take two to four days in all depending on conditions, according to the Associated Press. They will come out of the cave one group at a time, ' Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak said.

The operation to rescue the Thai football team trapped in a cave has begun this morning.

Operations to rescue a trapped Thai soccer team began on Sunday, resulting in four rescues.

After an initial assessment at the site, the boys will be airlifted to a makeshift helipad close to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, some 70 km away.

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Each of the boys will have two divers to help him swim through the muddy, often deep, water with scuba gear.

Mild weather and falling water levels over the past few days had created optimal conditions for an underwater evacuation that won't last if it rains again, Narongsak had said.

The 12 schoolboys and their football coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex since Jun 23, after entering the cave during heavy rains after football practice. "It will make the clarity of the water much harder to see through because the floodwaters will increase the sediment", Dennis said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States was working "very closely" with the Thai government to free the boys."Very fearless and talented people!" he tweeted. Osatanakorn said the rescue, which began at 10 a.m. Sunday local time, has been going better than expected.

Each boy had to wear a full scuba mask, wetsuit, boots and a helmet as they made their way through the dark and perilous passageways.

Thirteen medical teams stood ready outside the cave - each with its own helicopter and ambulance - one for each of 12 boys and their coach.

Additional rescue personnel, including divers from Thailand, the US, Australia, China and Europe, were stationed between the third chamber and the entrance, where the boys would have to use a rope to traverse challenging terrain.

AFPnews agency quotes an official saying four boys in Thai cave have reached a rescue camp, and will walk out of the cave soon.

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