Eight Boys Rescued from Flooded Thai Cave


Eight Boys Rescued from Flooded Thai Cave

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 some of the 12 boys and their coach trapped at Tham Luang cave, northern Thailand, Monday, July 9, 2018.

Four additional boys, along with their 25-year-old soccer coach, remain in the cave and await the next round of rescues, CNN reported.

Eight boys were rescued in two separate missions and brought to a hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai all in good condition, according to public health officials.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said.

Rescue organisers said they needed 20 hours to replan and replenish oxygen supplies, with the next rescue mission expected to come some time on Tuesday afternoon.

He added that the divers were the "same multinational team" that rescued the four boys on Sunday.

Rescuers in Thailand ended day two of their mission with four more boys freed from the Tham Luang caves on Monday.

Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday.

When asked why the boys managed to survive so long underground before they were found by divers, Dr Jesada said: "The kids are footballers, are strong and have high immunity".

Mr Jesada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

But phase two of the rescue is already underway, and may in fact be over by the time the sub arrives.

VideoOne of the divers on the rescue team in Thailand explains the difficulty of getting the boys out.

Thailand's prime minister welcomed Musk into the cave complex late Monday, with the American later tweeting a standing offer of a mini-submarine escape pod to help the remaining five leave the tunnels. The boys then walked from Chamber 3 to the mouth of the cave, which has been mostly drained over the last few days despite heavy rains. He posted photos of the cave interior and a video showing people working their way through chest-high water.

While the eyes of the world have been focused on the Thai soccer team being rescued in a cave, entrepreneur Elon Musk has been hatching a plan. Eight boys have been rescued so far.

"I hope today we will be faster or the same speed as yesterday", Narongsak said.

Musk said the submarine, which is made from the liquid oxygen tube of SpaceX's Falcon rocket, is small enough to fit through the cave system's narrow passageways.