Cave rescue hailed as Thailand's 'mission impossible'

Danny Woods
July 11, 2018

The boys rescued so far are in good overall health despite spending two weeks in the dank cave system, Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, told a news conference in Chiang Rai. Jedsada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave".

The footballers still awaiting rescue are about another two kilometres further in, at a point very hard to access.

According to Reuters, the children - they have low body temperatures and two have lung infections -will remain quarantined in a hospital for the next week to undergo testing.

"The equipment they brought to help us is not practical [for use] with our mission", rescue operations commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn told the BBC.

The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 when they set out to explore the vast cave complex after soccer practice, when a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels.

The three Royal Thai Navy SEAL divers and medics who stayed in the cave with the boys and coach since they were located on July 2.

Four were rescued Sunday and another four were rescued on Monday.

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The final part of the operation to rescue a boys' football team from a cave in Thailand has begun. The rescue operation, which began Sunday, included a team of global divers and the Thai Navy SEALs.

The Thai navy SEALs - along with the global team of divers who traveled to Mae Sai, the town nearest the cavern, to help - have quickly become immortalized as modern-day superheroes in various pieces of artwork. But family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier. But they also warned heavy rain could hamper their efforts. All the rescued are expected to be taken to the hospital soon.

This mini-submarine may not sound like the most practical or comfortable way to escape a flooded cave, but it's important to note that the trapped kids were not able to swim and had become weak from malnutrition and exhaustion, and none of them had any scuba diving experience, CNN reported.

"Just returned from Cave 3", Musk said.

Payap Maiming, who helped provide food and necessities for rescue workers and journalists, was not in doubt, however.

He posted video of divers escorting the pod during testing in a Los Angeles swimming pool. Musk had proposed possible technological solutions for extracting the boys while they were trapped and travelled to Thailand this week. The hospital has sent test samples from the boys to a lab in Bangkok.

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