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World Thai cave rescue: First boys freed by rescue divers, officials say

16:31  08 july  2018
16:31  08 july  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Thai soccer team trapped in a cave have a 'limited amount of time' to be rescued as oxygen levels drop

  Thai soccer team trapped in a cave have a 'limited amount of time' to be rescued as oxygen levels drop Officials are concerned about the oxygen levels in the cave where a Thai soccer team has been trapped for 13 days. -Officials are concerned about the oxygen levels in the cave where a Thai soccer team has been trapped for 13 days.

Thai cave rescue : First boys freed by rescue divers , officials say Two members of the trapped boys' soccer team have been rescued from a cave in northern Thailand , local officials say .

A Thai official has said that some members of the boys ’ soccer team trapped in the flooded Tham Luang Cave network don’t know how to swim, further complicating the rescue effort. Thai Cave Rescue Will Be a Murky and Desperate Ordeal, Divers Say .

At least two members of the trapped boys' soccer team have been rescued from a cave in northern Thailand, local officials say.

The Reuters news agency, citing a senior member of the rescue team, has reported at least six boys have left the cave.

However the Thai navy SEALS say four boys have been taken out, according to AP.

Two of the boys have now reportedly arrived at hospital.

Divers had earlier launched a daring and dangerous mission to rescue the children and their soccer coach, who had been trapped underground for more than two weeks.

Thai cave rescue: What we know about the trip out of the cave

  Thai cave rescue: What we know about the trip out of the cave Four members of the Thai soccer team trapped inside a cave are now free.The huge operation to rescue the remaining members is still underway, but we've learned a little about how rescuers managed to get the first four boys out.

The perilous mission to evacuate 12 boys trapped deep inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand has begun, Thai authorities announced Sunday morning.

Thai cave rescue : Boys soccer team and coach all out of cave . Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday. As none one of them had any diving experience and most couldn't swim, officials feared they could panic.

"Two kids are out. They are currently at the field hospital near the cave," Tossathep Boonthong, chief of the health department in Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, told Reuters.

"We are giving them a physical examination."

An ambulance believed to be carrying rescued schoolboys travels to the helipad. © ABC News An ambulance believed to be carrying rescued schoolboys travels to the helipad.

Two ambulances left the cave and drove to a nearby helipad, and a helicopter was seen taking off.

Officials had said earlier that helicopters were on standby to take anyone rescued from the cave to a hospital.

It was unclear who was inside the ambulances or the helicopter.

Officials did not immediately comment.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit are trying to bring the rest of the boys — some as young as 11 and weak swimmers — through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday.

Healthy and demanding fried rice: first boys rescued from Thai cave in hospital

  Healthy and demanding fried rice: first boys rescued from Thai cave in hospital The first four boys rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand were in good health and demanding fried rice in hospital on Monday, the head of the rescue team said, as divers resumed operations to bring out the remaining members of the group. The bid to rescue the boys - aged between 11 and 16 - and their 25-year-old soccer coach got going again after a break late on Sunday to replenish the team's oxygen supplies and make other preparations deep inside the cave.

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Thai cave rescue : What we know about the Wild Boars soccer team. The first eight boys who were rescued on Sunday and Monday seem to be healthy, officials said . During the hours-long trip out of the cave , each boy was accompanied underwater by two divers .

A military helicopter believed to be carrying rescued boys takes off near the cave. © ABC News A military helicopter believed to be carrying rescued boys takes off near the cave.

'Today is D-Day'

Their ordeal has drawn huge media attention in Thailand and abroad, and getting the boys out safely could be a boost for Thailand's ruling junta ahead of a general election next year.

"Today is D-Day," Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, had earlier told reporters.

Bursts of heavy monsoon rain soaked the Tham Luang Cave area in northern Chiang Rai province on Sunday and storms were expected in the coming weeks, increasing the risks in what has been called a "war with water and time" to save the team.

The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with their 25-year-old coach after soccer practice on June 23, setting out on an adventure to explore the cave complex near the border with Myanmar and celebrate a boy's birthday.

Rescuing them all could take three to four days and depended on the weather, an army commander involved in the mission said.

Aussie Thai cave divers will be honoured .
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australian divers involved in rescuing the boys stuck in a flooded Thai cave will be honoured.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Australians involved in the rescue will be given civilian honours for their part in the international effort.

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