Third Thai cave rescue mission underway: authorities

10 Juillet, 2018, 11:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Narongsak Osotthanakorn

Rescuers have resumed a rescue operation for a third day to free four remaining boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand.

"All eight are in good health, no fever. everyone is in a good mental state", Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, told reporters on Tuesday at Chiang Rai hospital in the clearest update on their condition so far.

Early tests indicate all of the boys could be suffering from lung infections, but only two of the first four boys were confirmed.

Four were rescued on Sunday and another four were rescued in a faster operation on Monday, after two weeks trapped in the cave complex in north-western Thailand. Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters laid along the route.

Rescue chief Narongsak Osatanakorn said efforts were expected "quicker or at least as quick as yesterday". We've started giving them "medical food" this morning.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Mr Jesada told a news conference. "So I've been asking for three days".

The boys can all eat bland foods, but they can't eat anything spicy.

Their friends were full of optimism - and worry.

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"Even when my friends have left the cave, I'm anxious about their physical well-being".

Underscoring the danger behind the mission, Ivan Karadzic said, "They are diving in something considered an extremely hazardous environment".

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.

Witnesses say the boys freed Monday were treated at a make-shift hospital at the site, before being taken to a local hospital.

The boys, who are aged between 11 and 16 years old, along with their 25-year-old coach Ekkapol Chantawong, went to explore the Tham Luang Nang Non cave after football practice, but did not return home that night.

"Today we might have to wait longer, but it will be worth the wait", he added. It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the U.S. Navy: "Hooyah!"

12 young children and their football coach have been stuck in a partially flooded cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province since June 23rd, and they're beginning to run out of oxygen.

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