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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Thailand Cave Rescue: 4 Boys Rescued By Navy Seals [Full Details]

Four members of a Thai football team have now been brought out from a flooded cave after more than two weeks underground.

The four boys who were safely brought to the surface have been airlifted to Chiang Rai hospital 60 miles away after undergoing medical checks near the mouth of the cave.

The boys were driven to helicopters by Ambulance before being taken off for a thorough physical examination at the region's biggest medical facility.

The rescued boys all swam 1km underwater with the first arriving at the surface at 5.40pm local time.

Operation chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said the rescue mission had now been suspended for the night and will resume in between 10 and 20 hours.

He said: “Our operation was more successful than we expected.

“For the next operation to happen, we cannot say. It will be between 10 and 20 hours, but not over 20. But we have to evaluate all the factors.

“We have used all the oxygen. Air tanks must be put back into place.”

Mr Narongsak also confirmed four boys had been rescued after an official put the number at six.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of the elite Thai navy seal are working on bring out the other boys - some as young as 11 and weak swimmers.

Sources close to the rescue operation said the the trapped boys will be divided into four groups.

The first group will have four people, with the second, third and fourth containing three people.

The coach will be in the final group.

The rescue bid began just after 10am local time (3am GMT) and Narongsak Osatanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province who is heading up the rescue operation, said the earliest any boy could be brought out is 9pm local time (2pm GMT).

Authorities said the rescue team included divers from "all around the world, mainly from Europe".

British divers Richard Stanton and John Volanthen discovered the boys on Monday.

The British Cave Rescue Council said earlier this week they were sending five "key cave rescuers" to Thailand, some of whom were divers.

Former head of the British caving association, Andy Davis said the divers at the scene are "the masters of the profession" and have the "best chance to rescue anyone on earth".

He said: “Diving in caves is significantly different to diving in open water.

“It was very important to get cave divers out there, people who have the right mindset to operate in these types of conditions - low visibility, tight spaces and no air space above.

“So they have got a team now of international cave divers and that is the key to this.

“They are the masters of the profession and they have been in these situations before.

"They have the best chance of anyone on earth at getting these guys out."

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