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Monday, 9 July 2018

Thailand Cave Rescue: Four More Boys Rescued By Navy Divers (Details)

Divers in Thailand have rescued four more boys who have been trapped in the cave for over two weeks now.

The Thia Navy Seals leading the operation have confirmed that eight boys in total have now been extracted.

The four boys are now “safe and conscious” in hospital after they were extracted from the Tham Luang Nang Non caves in Chiang Rai, officials said.

Quoting an eyewitness, CNN said rescue operations have been completed for the day. Only four boys could be brought out from the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Thailand on Monday, following the four who were rescued on Sunday.

Four boys and their football coach still remain in the cave.

Meanwhile, back in Chiang Rai Prachanukroh hospital, where the boys are being brought after being rescued from dreaded Thailand's Tham Luang cave complex, the authorities said they were in good health and their parents would be allowed to see their wards through a glass partition.

The rescued boys are being quarantined on the eighth floor of the hospital in Chiang Rai to guard against possible infections.

The group was trapped in the cave on 23 June after heavy rain caused flooding and were found alive last week by divers.

Before the confirmation that four more boys had been rescued on Monday, air ambulances were seen departing from the cave system and ambulances arriving at the hospital in the nearby town of Chiang Rai.

The divers then decided to go ahead with the operation to free the group because of fears that water would rise again.

"More personnel" were being used than on Sunday, he added.

The names of the rescued boys have not been released out of respect for the families whose sons were still inside, and they have not been reunited with their own families, the mission chief said.

He said physical contact with loved ones would be avoided until a risk of infection had passed, though contact through glass or at a distance might be allowed.

Mr Narongsak allayed concerns that recent heavy rain might have raised water levels, saying conditions were "as good as yesterday".

Rescuers took advantage of a break in the rain on Sunday to launch the mission earlier than some expected.

The first stage of the mission ran "smoothly" and the rescued boys were in "good health", according to the Thai authorities.

How did the group get there?

The boys were found inside the cave by British rescue divers a week ago, about 4km (2.5 miles) from the cave mouth.

Aged between 11 and 17, they belong to a football club called the Wild Boars, and became trapped during an excursion with their coach.

It took nine days to find them in the underground network's dark depths.

The world football body Fifa has promised the boys seats at the World Cup final in Moscow a week on Sunday, but it remains to be seen if they will be well enough to take up the offer.

Source: BBC

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