Thai cave rescue: Operation resumes for remaining 9 who are trapped

Thai cave rescue: Operation resumes for remaining 9 who are trapped

Thai cave rescue: Operation resumes for remaining 9 who are trapped

Thai authorities told media today to leave a camp site near the cave where 12 boys and their coach have been trapped for more than two weeks so that "victims" could be helped, possibly signalling a long-awaited rescue effort to get them out.

He told reporters the four rescued boys were taken to the hospital in the town of Chiang Rai, the provincial capital, for evaluation, and the next phase of the operation will resume after about 10-20 hours.

Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn on Sunday said four of the team - affectionately dubbed by Thai social media Wild Boars 1,2,3,4 - were "safe" but released few details about their condition or identities.

"I am still waiting here at the cave, keeping my fingers crossed to see whether my son will be one of those to come out today", Akkarat Wongsukjan, a mother of Pheerapat - known by his nickname "Night" - told AFP. On Friday, a former Thai Navy SEAL died while returning from an operation to deliver oxygen tanks to the cave where the boys are located.

The Thai official leading the operation to save the 12 boys and their coach from the flooded cave in northern Thailand said the rescue has been going "better than expected".

"Today is a D-Day for our operation", Narongsak said. Reuters news agency reported that six boys have been rescued, citing a senior member of the medical team involved in the rescue.

The boys and their coach became stranded when they went exploring in the cave after a practice game June 23. The boys are between 11 and 16 years old.

Officials had looked at many different ways to save the boys and their coach. They will be accompanied by an "all-star" team of 13 global and five Thai divers, officials said. "If that's the case, then we have to reassess the situation", he said.

The group was found dishevelled and hungry by British cave diving specialists nine days after they ventured in.

Two more boys were pulled from the cave a short time later from where they had been marooned by floodwaters more than two miles from the cave entrance, the Thai Navy SEAL official Facebook page said.

Dr Andrea Dese, head of the stress and development lab at Kings College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, said: 'In the longer term, most children will recover from the initial emotional symptoms. He has also thanked global experts who helped find the boys. Incoming monsoon rains could once again flood the cave and deplete oxygen levels.

Musk tweeted that he was working with a team from his Space X rocket company to build a "tiny kid-size submarine" to transport the boys. It was not immediately known if a US diver was among them. "You don't need to be anxious about me".

The evacuation came several hours after 13 global cave diving experts and five Thai Navy SEALs entered the cave in an attempt to get the boys out one by one as they navigate through flooded and narrow tunnels.

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