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Four boys rescued from Thailand caves

11 July, 2018, 05:33 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Thai rescue team members walk inside a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23 in Mae Sai Chiang Rai province northern Thailand

Eight members of the soccer team, ages 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach remain trapped in the cave.

"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what".

Expert climbers, divers and Thai Navy Seals have mulled contingencies ranging from drilling an escape route through the mountain to waiting out the monsoon inside the cave.

The group was found by British divers after almost ten days.

The entire operation to rescue all 13 could last two to four days, depending on weather and water conditions, said army Maj.

The operation to rescue the remaining eight boys - some as young as 11 and weak swimmers - and the coach was called off at nightfall until Monday to give the divers time to replenish oxygen supplies and ensure all preparations were complete.

A team of Thai Navy SEAL divers reached the boys yesterday, and will guide them out four at a time using a guide rope and oxygen tanks.

The four boys were given health checks before they were taken to the hospital, officials said earlier in the day.

"I'm hoping for good news", he said. I'm happy being here inside, the navy SEALS have taken good care.

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. CNN reported that USA rescue divers did not directly participate in Sunday's initial operations, but that Americans were serving in "support and advisory" roles.

"Nobody thought we could do it".

"The heroes this time are people all over the world", he added, referring to the multinational team that assisted in the operation.

The team of global rescuers prepare to enter the cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand on July 5, 2018. "We have tried all possible ways to get the boys out, but sometimes we can't win over nature". The power of love.

Narongsak Osottanakorn, who is in charge of the rescue mission, said Saturday conditions were now "perfect", BBC News reports. Divers will rest, leaders will evaluate the rescue thus far, and the cave will be prepped with oxygen and other materials required to bring the stranded boys out, he said.

The name was a reference to the boys' soccer team. USA military personnel also helped.

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"Such a handsome moment - all freed, great job!"

He says the divers went in at 10 a.m. and the boys will gradually come out accompanied by two divers each.

The story of the "Wild Boars" soccer team, who first ventured into the caves more than two weeks ago before flood waters trapped them inside, has gripped Thai and worldwide media.

The boys were still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week for tests, officials said earlier.

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