Divers embark on mission to rescue final 5 trapped in Thai cave

Lynette Rowe
July 10, 2018

Thai army has reported that the operations will be resumed on Tuesday, when the large rescue team of local and foreign divers will again venture into the Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai for a third day, to attempt to bring out the four remaining boys and their coach.

Narongsak Osot-tanakorn, Former Governor of Chiang Rai who heads the rescue operation, said divers hope to rescue the last four boys and their coach from the cave Tuesday.

There was no official announcement as to which four boys the divers were able to bring through the cave. This seems less likely now given the need for the boys to undergo further tests.

Overnight, the entrepreneur Elon Musk posted on social media that he had personally delivered a child-sized submarine to the site which he has developed to assist with the operation, but it is unlikely to play a role.

As the minutes stretched into hours under the hot sun in this corner of north-western Thailand bordering Myanmar, hopes were rising that news of a third successful rescue by the so-called "all-star" team of Thai and global divers - which included as many as eight Australians in support roles - was imminent.

Less than an hour after the helicopter took off, Thai public television aired live video of a medivac helicopter landing close to a hospital in the city of Chiang Rai, around 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the cave.

Thai soldiers walk out from the Tham Luang cave area as operations continue on July 9, 2018.

Two of the boys possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling", he said. Narongsak Osottanakorn told a news conference the latest rescue operation began at about 10:08 a.m. local time (0308 GMT).

Rescue teams have already extracted eight Thai boys from the cave, and all are recovering from their ordeal in hospital and said to be in good health.

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"To not waste time, because of the rain conditions, the third mission has been planned and prepared since early this morning", Narongsak said.

Dr Jesada said the first group taken out, on Sunday, were aged 14 to 16 and the second group, taken out on Monday, were aged 12 to 14.

"If everything goes right, we will see four kids and a doctor and three Seals that have stayed with the kids will all come out", he said.

He attributed the improvement of the extraction mission with lesser time spent to the increased experience with the terrain of the divers, the 100 plus people from different countries who installed the base line and the other support equipment.

Twelve children and one adult were trapped in underground caves in northern Thailand on June 23rd, and a rescue mission is still taking place to bring the victims home.

"Mini sub arriving in about 17 hours", Musk tweeted Sunday.

The first group has reportedly been allowed to eat chocolate and bread after requesting it. Ten of the 12 boys have now been rescued.

"I'm hoping for good news", he said.

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