Rain adds urgency to rescue of last five trapped in Thai cave

10 Juillet, 2018, 14:02 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • RESCUE Thailand

"Today we might have to wait longer, but it will be worth the longer wait", the rescue chief said, per The Australian. A family member told CNN Monday that they hadn't been told which boys had been pulled out, and who is still trapped in the cave.

Chiang Rai Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn says the rescue mission began at 10.08 a.m. and involves 19 divers.

The first eight boys rescued from a Thai cave are in good mental and physical health and are asking for chocolate, officials said Tuesday, although two were on antibiotics after being tested for pneumonia.

Some divers rescuing the boys trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have traversed about 10 miles (16 km) over the past two days.

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.

A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs guided the boys during a nine-hour operation through almost 4 km (2.5 miles) of sometimes submerged channels from where they have been trapped for more than a fortnight. Two divers accompanied each of the boys, all of whom have been learning to dive only since July 2, when searchers found them.

"This morning they said they were hungry and wanted to eat khao pad grapao", Narongsak said, referring to a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice.

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The emergence of the second batch of four boys on Monday evening was greeted with a simple "Hooyah" by the SEAL team on their Facebook page, an exclamation that lit up Thai social media, while positive medical reports on the rescued group further fuelled the sense of joy.

This final mission aims to rescue the last remaining 4 members of the team, as well as their coach. Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.

The second shift of the rescue effort to evacuate the trapped soccer team saw a team of 18 Thai and worldwide divers guide four boys about 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometres) to the cave's entrance using a 3-mile (4.8 kilometre) rope on Monday. But they also warned heavy rain could hamper their efforts.

All eight boys rescued on the first two days are being treated in an isolation ward in a Chiang Rai hospital.

The footballers still awaiting rescue are about two kilometers further in, at a point very hard to access.

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"Just returned from Cave 3", tweeted the CEO. He posted photos of the cave interior and a video showing people working their way through chest-high water. After the location of the young soccer team and their coach was discovered earlier this month, Musk shared ideas for the rescue mission on Twitter, later revealing that his engineers would assist with the rescue.

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