Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Rescue workers begin evacuation of teens still trapped in Thai cave

Rescue workers begin evacuation of teens still trapped in Thai cave

Three of the 12 boys are seen recovering in their hospital beds after being rescued along with their coach from a flooded cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand.

He also thanked the King and the Royal family for extending their support during times of crisis, like these.

Saman Kunan, a 38-year-old former SEAL, died on July 5 while aiding in the perilous rescue mission.

Four medics who have been accompanying the group since they were found on July 2 deep inside Luang Khun Nam Nang Non cave will also dive out with them, Narongsak said.

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The eight boys brought out by divers over the previous two days are in "high spirits", a senior health official said. Last Friday, an ex-Navy SEAL died while placing oxygen tanks along the 4.7-kilometer (2.9-mile) evacuation route.

On Sunday, it took 11 hours to bring out four persons. Officials said late Sunday they'd need to pause the operation for at least 10 hours to fill oxygen tanks that had been depleted during the first phase of the mission.

All 12 members of a Thai soccer team and their coach have been rescued from a cave where they were stranded by floodwater for 17 days. But Monday, the rain set back in while four more youngsters were extracted from the cave system, bringing the total number of rescued boys to eight.

Thai locals have been heavily invested in the efforts to save the soccer team, celebrating the rescue of the four and praying for the safe return of the nine still trapped.

All are being treated in a Chiang Rai hospital in an isolation ward.

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