All 12 boys and their football trainer 'pulled from flooded Thailand cave'

Danny Woods
July 10, 2018

A person with knowledge of the rescue said just before the eleventh person was spotted, that 10 people had been brought out.

Nargonsak said this phase may take longer than the previous two rescue missions.

The Thai soccer team ventured into the Tham Luang cave complex after practice and became trapped by rising waters more than a fortnight ago.

As a youth soccer team is gradually evacuated from a flooded cave complex in northern Thailand, Hollywood producers are already eyeing a new box office smash.

Adesman said that PTSD is an issue for protracted trauma, and he's optimistic the worst is behind the boys trapped in the cave.

He was taken by helicopter and ambulance to the same hospital in Chiang Rai where the first four boys rescued Sunday by a team of global and Thai dive experts are being treated.

The Seals said they are still waiting for a medic and three navy Seals who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave.

The rescue mission began on Sunday morning, almost a week since the 12 boys, aged 11-16, and their coach had been discovered on an embankment 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) inside the winding tunnels. Medical experts say they are in high spirits and generally healthy.

The rescue operation to extract the 12 members of the Wild Boars junior soccer team and their coach from the Tham Luang Cave commenced on Sunday.

Officials said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped.

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Continued rescue efforts to free the remaining five boys and their coach began at 11 a.m. local time and are still underway. Another two more boys left the cave complex a short time later followed by the fourth boy.

Dr. Jedsada Chokedamrongsook, the permanent secretary of the Thai Health Ministry, said the first group of boys taken out on Sunday were aged 14 to 16.

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.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", he added. On Monday night, Musk posted on Twitter that he had "just returned' from the still-flooded cave, with photos of the rescue site where a team of swelling worldwide experts have been working around the clock since the team was found".

So far it has been successful, as three boys have now emerged with the help of divers. Workers have been laboring around the clock to pump water out of the cave, and authorities said Monday that heavy downpours overnight did not raise water levels inside.

He asked for three more days to complete the rescue mission. They successfully extracted the second group of four a full two hours faster than the first, officials said.

Beginning earlier today, the rescue operation has so far been a success with 11 of the 13 now out of the caves and recovering in hospital. The team's 25-year-old coach and four boys are still deep inside the flooded and sprawling cave.

On Sunday, Musk tweeted a series of videos showing a team of divers testing the pod in the swimming pool at Palisades Charter High School.

Musk has offered a "kid-sized" submarine, named Wild Boar after the kids' soccer team, to help in the rescue operation.

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