Thai cave rescue highlights: Wild Boars soccer team pulled out, all 12 boys, coach doing well

Thai cave rescue highlights: Eighteen days since the 12 boys and their coach were stuck in a cave, all thirteen were rescued on Tuesday. A group of 19 experts, hundreds of volunteers and Thai officials led the rescue mission.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 11, 2018 7:33:18 am
Thai cave LIVE: Rescue mission ends, all twelve boys, coach brought out An ambulance believed to be carrying one of the rescued boys from the flooded cave heads to the hospital in Chiang Rai as divers evacuated the remaining boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave.  (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The Thai Navy SEAL rescued all 12 boys, part of a football team, and their coach from the Thailand cave on Tuesday after being trapped for over two weeks. The rescue mission continued for three days. The “Wild Boars” soccer team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach were trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

While four weres rescued on Sunday, another four were brought out on Monday. The remaining five were pulled out on Tuesday. Their rescue was followed a few hours later by the safe return of a medic and three SEAL divers who had stayed for days with the boys in their cramped, dry refuge. A former Thai navy diver had also died while on a re-supply mission inside the cave. A group of 19 experts, hundreds of volunteers and Thai officials led the rescue mission.

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Thai ordeal ends, all twelve boys along with coach have been brought to safety. Read highlights

20:06 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Health condition of boys rescued

Thailand's Public Health Ministry in a quote to AP said, the eight boys brought out by divers on Sunday and Monday were doing well and were in good spirits. They were treated with bread and chocolate spread that they'd requested today.

The first four boys rescued were able to eat normal food, though they couldn't yet take the spicy dishes. Two of the boys possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally ``healthy and smiling,'' the health secretary said.

It'll take at least seven days before they can be released from the hospital, he added. The boys and the coach rescued today have been shifted to the hospital and are under observation.  

19:32 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
The trapped boys were given anti-anxiety medication to help with their rescue: Thailand PM

According to news agency AP, Thailand's prime minister said the 12 boys saved from a flooded cave were given an anti-anxiety medication to help with their rescue. Asked at a weekly news conference Tuesday if the boys had been sedated, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said, ``Who would chloroform them? If they're chloroformed, how could they come out? It's called Anxiolytic, something to make them not excited, not stressed.''

19:25 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Donald Trump congradulates Thai navy SEALs for succesfully rescuing the trapped boys
17:34 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Thai Navy SEAL rescue all 12 trapped boys

17:26 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Ordeal ends, all rescued

Thai Navy SEALs say all 12 boys and their coach rescued from cave, ending an ordeal that lasted more than 2 weeks, reports AP 

16:59 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Thai cave rescue mission 'nearing its end'
16:32 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
11 out of Thai cave, hopes rise all will survive

Thai Rescue chief told media that the ramaining will be extracted today itself. With oxygen levels in their chamber falling to dangerous levels and complete flooding of the cave system possible, rescuers pushed ahead with the least-worst option of having divers escort them out through the extremely narrow and water-filled tunnels. Positive medical reports on the rescued group further fuelled the sense of joy and optimism. 

16:24 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Thailand cave now a major tourist attraction

Following the news of soccer boys being trapped in the Thai cave for more than two weeks, the spot has become a major tourist attraction. Many wish to explore. "The cave has become of interest for both local and foreign travelers," Karuna Dechatiwong, Tourism Authority of Thailand director in Chiang Rai province, told media. 

16:03 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Eleventh boy rescued, two more left

That Navy SEALS say eleventh boy has been rescued from the cave.   One more boy and the coach are still trapped inside the cave. The Thai rescuers seem to rescue the two soon ending the search operation.  British divers found the 13, huddled on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex on Monday last week.

16:01 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Thailand PM plans extra security measures at 'world famous' cave

Thailand’s prime minister assured that extra precautions will be implemented to safeguard tourists who want to visit a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks. Last week, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said it planned to promote the Tham Luang cave as a tourist attraction after it featured so prominently in the news.

15:57 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Photo tweeted by Elon Musk shows efforts underway to rescue trapped members of a youth soccer team in Thailand

15:10 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Tenth person rescued

Soon after the ambulance reached the #Thaicave site, the tenth person has been seen carried out of Thai cave on a stretcher, reported Reuters.  The boy has been transferred from the cave entrance to the field hospital. 

15:00 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Ninth boy rescued

The ninth kid has been rescued from the Thailand cave, reported news agency ANI.  Rescue operations continue to free the other three left inside the cave. 

14:57 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Meet one of the divers working to free the kids trapped
14:24 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Ninth boy to be out soon?

AP reports an ambulance has been seen leaving site of cave rescue effort in northern Thailand. However, there is no confirmation if any boy has been pulled out yet. Eight have been pulled out during the course of two days. 

14:23 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Amid rescue efforts, family remembers navy diver who died

Saman Gunan, a former Thai navy diver, died while trying to place oxygen canisters along the route before the rescue mission began. His wife, Waleeporn Gunan, and his father, Wichai Gunan mourn the 'hero' diver while talking to the BBC

14:06 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Thank India for the caring messages for kids: Thai embassy

The Royal Thai Embassy has extended gratitude to the people of India for the messages that they have received for the children trapped in the cave. "The gesture that India has shown to us will not be forgotten," Apirat Sugondhabhirom, Minister & Deputy Chief of Mission, Royal Thai Embassy on ongoing rescue operation at Thai cave said, reported ANI.

13:29 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Elon Musk posts video from cave site in Thailand
 

Just got back from Cave 3

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12:43 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Elon Musk shows up with his 'mini-sub', rescue chief dismisses idea: Report

Billionaire Elon Musk who offered his help in the rescue mission landed in Thailand with the prototype mini-sub specially crafted for the construction. After garnering headlines with initial ideas of installing a giant air tube inside the cave complex and using his firm's penetrating radar to dig holes to reach the boys, Musk offered his idea for the mini-sub. He called it 'basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of (a) Falcon rocket as hull.' Musk said it was light enough to be carried by two divers, robust, and small enough to get through narrow gaps. The person inside need not swim or know how to use oxygen bottles. He posted a video of divers escorting the pod during testing in a Los Angeles swimming pool.

A Guardian report, suggests that the rescue chief dismissed Musk's idea. “Although his technology is good and sophisticated it’s not practical for this mission,” Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre coordinating the operation said, the report added.

12:13 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
No kid has dived like this before, says diver involved in Thai cave rescue mission

Even as a massive operation is underway to rescue the remaining members of the Thai soccer team trapped in a flooded cave, a diver involved with the mission highlighted the risks involved in carrying out the rescue. “They are getting forced to do something that no kid has ever done before,” Ivan Karadzic, a diver involved with the rescue mission told BBC. “I cannot understand how cool these small kids are. Incredibly strong kids,” he said. Underscoring the danger behind the mission, Ivan Karadzic said, “They are diving in something considered an extremely hazardous environment.” Zero visibility and flooded caves added to the woes of the rescuers. “We had imagined all sorts of catastrophic situations – equipment breaking, children panicking,” he said, adding that the officials had backup options in mind in case anything falls apart. Watch video

11:57 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
We will celebrate together finally: Thai Navy SEALS on Facebook

"Hooyah. Today is 10 July 2018. It will be longer than previous ones. We will celebrate together finally. Hooyah!" read a Facebook post by the Thai Navy SEALS as the rescue operations are underway. While the constant rain is hindering the operations, rescuers are hopeful of completing the operations successfully today

11:41 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Third phase of rescue might take longer

Along with the five boys, a medic and three Thai Navy SEALS who have stayed with the boys on a small, dry shelf deep in the flooded cave will also come out today. 'We expect that if there is no unusual condition ... the 4 boys, 1 coach, the doctor, and 3 SEALs who have been with the boys since the first day will come out today,' Chiang Rai Gov.Narongsak Osatanakorn said.  Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions, which both lasted several hours.

10:40 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
All five to be brought out together: Rescue mission head

All five trapped in the cave will be brought out at the same time today, Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission said on Tuesday. "We hope today will be faster than before or make it in the same time," he added. However, heavy rain could complicate the operation. Experts close to the operation have expressed concerns that a rise in water levels could increase the risk for divers and extend the time required to bring the boys out from the cave. Currently, a significant part of the journey out of the cave is walkable, the CNN reported

10:27 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Boys after the rescue

* All the rescued boys are under constant medical supervision. Two of the boys had suspected lung infections but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around their beds.

* The boys had a good appetite but were mainly being given bland, easily digestible foods. However, doctors later relented after some of the boys asked for bread with chocolate topping.

* Asked to avoid physical contact with families because of the risk of infection. Few did meet their families from behind a glass barrier.

09:47 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Rescued boys doing well, in 'high spirits': Official

A Thai public health official said the eight rescued boys are doing well and are in 'high spirits.' Adding that the boys have strong immune systems because they are soccer players, Jesada Chokdumrongsuk, deputy director-general of the Public Health Ministry, said the first four boys rescued, aged 12 to 16, are now able to eat normal food. He said two of them possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally “healthy and smiling.” The first batch was allowed to meet their family from behind a glass barrier.

09:23 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Thailand prays to Rain Gods

Rainfall had eased over the last two days, prompting rescuers to swing into action to extract the boys. Despite rainfall around the caves, the water levels inside did not rise, aiding operations. The weather forecast today, however, has predicted rain around the Thai caves. With only five boys still inside, authorities are hoping the rain gods will bless them with good weather for another day. Remember, the monsoon in Thailand has just started, and the country receives heavy rainfall till September. 

08:57 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
What we know so far

* Rescue operations resumed on Tuesday morning to save the five trapped in the cave. Officials hope that this could be the last time that the divers have to make their way through the narrow tunnels to reach the boys and bring them back to safety.

* Eight of the thirteen boys were taken out of the cave during the first two days of the rescue operation. The rescued boys are under constant medical attention and are recovering in an isolation unit in the hospital. They are expected to meet their families today.

* The boys and their coach were stranded when they were exploring the cave after a practice game on June 23. Today marks the eighteenth day since the boys were first reported missing.

08:47 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
JUST IN | Rescue operations resume

Rescue operations began on Tuesday to save the remaining five trapped in the cave. The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said rescuers had learned from experience and were two hours faster in bringing the second batch of survivors out as scattered monsoon rains continued to risk flooding the tunnels with water.

07:50 (IST) 10 Jul 2018
Rescue operations enter day 3

Today is the eighteenth day since the boys went missing. The rescue operations have entered day 3 and authorities hope to extract the remaining five boys by the end of the day. Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's navy SEAL unit are guiding the boys to safety. 

19:14 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Rescued boys to undergo checkup for post-traumatic stress

The four boys rescued from Tham Luang cave complex in Thailand on Monday were wearing full-face diving masks while they were brought out and were immediately taken to a make-shift hospital nearby. Health experts will be checking oxygen, malnutrition, dehydration, post-traumatic stress, and other psychological effects. "One of the major concerns is oxygen right now. They've been in an area where oxygen levels are low," Dr Darria Long Gillespie of the University of Tennessee School of Medicine told CNN.

18:05 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Thailand cave rescue operation ends for today, four more boys brought out

Quoting an eyewitness, CNN said rescue operations have been completed for the day. Only four boys could be brought out from the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand on Monday, following the four who were rescued on Sunday. Four boys and their football coach remain in the cave.

17:29 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Boys rescued from Thailand cave in good health, parents may be allowed to visit tomorrow

Meanwhile, back in Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, where the boys are being brought after being rescued from dreaded Thailand's Tham Luang cave complex, the authorities said they were in good health and their parents would be allowed to see their wards through a glass partition. The rescued boys are being quarantined on the eighth floor of the hospital in Chiang Rai to guard against possible infections. Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue operation, said the boys had khao pad grapao, a Thai dish of meat fried with chili and basil and served over rice, in the morning as per their wish.

17:15 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
School where six of the boys study says it will provide psychological support

Mae Sai Prasitsart School, where six of the trapped boys study, said the administration would prepare special classes for them when they would join, school director Kanet Pongsuwan said at a news conference on Monday. He said the boys would be offered psychological support but would be treated “like any other students at school” to help them settle back.

17:04 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Sixth boy rescued from Thailand cave complex

Meanwhile, in another piece of good news, a sixth boy has been rescued from inside the Tham Luang cave in Thailands northern Chiang Rai province, a source inside the rescue team has confirmed to the Guardian. The fifth boy to be rescued from the cave complex has arrived at a hospital in Chiang Rai. He will join his four teammates already being treated at the newly converted isolation ward at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital.

16:02 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Fifth boy rescued today being taken to hospital in Chiang Rai

A police chopper has taken off from the Tham Luang cave area with the fifth boy and is heading south to Chiang Rai. Thai authorities have not released any information about which boys have been brought out, other than to say that they would rescue the weakest boys first.

15:41 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
How risky is the rescue operation?

Some stretches of the Tham Luang cave are more than 10m (33ft) high, while others are a tight squeeze through water-filled passages. The cave complex is a snaking system of caverns and crevices which pose a range of problems for rescuers. The death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver on Friday who ran out of oxygen in the cave on Friday underscored the danger of the journey even for professionals.

15:27 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Rescue efforts get a boost as rains keep away

With the exception of a few hours of rain on Sunday afternoon, there has been no showers on Monday, aiding rescue efforts. It has allowed the team to pump millions of liters of water out of the flooded cave system, vastly improving conditions.

15:08 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Fifth boy brought out from Thailand cave: Reuters

Meanwhile, rescue workers have managed to extricate the fifth boy from the Tham Luang cave in the northern Chiang Rai province. Reuters mentioned that the boy was taken on a stretcher to an ambulance. Reports mentioned that the four rescued boys were kept in an isolation ward in a nearby hospital. They will be held in quarantine for the next couple of days, mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said.

15:00 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue op return to extricate the rest

Chiang Rai acting governor Narongsak Osattanakorn said the second phase of the rescue operation began at 11 am and authorities "hope to hear good news in the next few hours". Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda told the media that the same divers who took part in Sunday's rescue would return to extricate the others as they knew the cave conditions and what to do.

14:36 (IST) 09 Jul 2018
Second leg of rescue operations underway

The rescue operation to bring the other boys to safety began on Monday. Officials said that the conditions were as good as they were on Sunday, when the first four boys were extracted and that they are "hoping for a good news soon." The boys and their coach will be brought out one-by-one, with each accompanied by two divers. Water was pumped out constantly in order to make the condition more walkable. The strongest boys would be rescued first and the operation should take at least six hours

The ordeal of the trapped children has drawn huge media attention to Thailand as the complicated operation unfolded amid heavy rain and the threat of rising water underground. Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's navy SEAL unit are guiding the boys to safety. While four boys were pulled out on Sunday, another four were rescued on Monday.

The death Friday of a former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, underscored the risks. The diver, the first fatality of the rescue effort, was working in a volunteer capacity and died on a mission to place oxygen canisters along the route. After the four boys were removed from the cave, heavy rain started falling. The potential for rising water and the dwindling oxygen levels added to the urgency of getting the team out. Efforts to pump water out of the cave have been set back by heavy downpours.