Rescued boys are OK

Frederick Owens
July 12, 2018

"They are all in good spirits and happy to be out", Jedsada Chokdamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the public health ministry, told reporters.

"If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, Federation Internationale de Football Association would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow as our guests". They might use the submarine, which is built to accomodate a kid or small adult and features the liquid oxygen transfer tube of the Falcon 9 rocket as its hull, reports New Atlas.

Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier. Doctors were being cautious because of the infection risk and were isolating the boys in the hospital.

The final four boys and the coach are en route to join the rest of the team in hospital, where they are being treated in isolation.

19 divers are involved in the mission to bring the last four boys and their coach to safety, and more will enter gradually through the day.

All 13 members of the Thai youth soccer team, 12 boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach, have been successfully rescued from the flooded cave in northern Thailand.

He said: "The water level is nearly at the same level as for the first two days so we made a decision to carry out the operation for the last batch".

Technology billionaire Elon Musk went into the cave on Monday and left the rescue team with a "kid-sized" submarine his company SpaceX had built, Thailand's interior Minister Anupong Paochinda said. "But if the rain god doesn't help, then it could be challenging". The heaviest rain tends to fall in late summer.

"I couldn't be more excited. So I've been asking for three days".

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The plight of the boys and their coach has riveted Thailand and much of the world - from the heart-sinking news they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found 10 days later by a pair of British divers.

The boys can all eat bland foods, but they can't eat anything spicy.

"I am very happy about those who already made it out and I think everyone will be out today", said Waranchit Karnkaew, 14, who also said the football-mad boys had been closely following games at the World Cup in Russian Federation before they were trapped.

Their friends were full of optimism - and worry.

All the rescued boys and their coach were taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Chiang Rai.

"Even when my friends have left the cave, I'm anxious about their physical well-being". All of them have higher leukocyte (white blood cell) levels than normal, but they have been given antibiotics to treat any infection. All these headlights start coming over the hill and the water was coming ...

Osatanakorn said officials did not want to waste time because of intensifying rain that could halt rescue efforts. But officials waited several hours before confirming their rescue.

"We are humbled to have been able to provide our expertise and experience to assist in this worldwide operation led by the Thai government". It ended with their fighting cheer, adopted from the U.S. Navy: "Hooyah!"

The rescue mission is expected to resume Tuesday morning local time to bring out the remainder of the team.

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