Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground

Thailand Cave Rescue Saves 8 Children Trapped For Weeks Underground

The boys, who range in age from 11 to 16, and Ekapol Chanthawong, 25, were exploring the cave system in Chiang Rai after a practice game on June 23, when monsoon rains flooded the entrance. US military personnel also helped. Some of the tanks belonged to the SEALs.

Officials have not been commenting on the rescue mission as it has been taking place, so it was not clear who had been brought out on Tuesday or what condition they were in.

They are still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week to undergo tests, officials said. The first rescue mission of the soccer team commenced on Sunday, July 8. It's twisting six mile long passageways reach all the way into the neighboring country of Myanmar.

The last three members of the "Wild boar" football team and their coach was rescued today ending a three day rescue attempt that had caught the world's attention. Each of the nine chambers had a doctor waiting, and the boys were evaluated at each chamber. Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha visited the hospital Monday, and spoke to relatives and hospital workers.

"You can't make a horror movie that would even compare", he said.

It could be at least seven days before they can be released from hospital, Jedsada told a news conference.

None of the 13 survivors had diving experience and most couldn't swim, according to Thai military sources.

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"It is with great sadness that I confirm that Harry's dad passed away last night a short time after the successful rescue operation in Thailand", Pearce said in a statement.

"Moreover, based on extensive cave video review and discussion with several divers who know journey, SpaceX engineering is absolutely certain that mini-sub can do entire journey & demonstrate at any time", Musk added. Their coach, because he said he felt responsible for the misadventure, was reportedly rescued last. A medic and three Thai Navy SEALs who have stayed with the boys on a small, dry shelf deep in the flooded cave will also come out, he said.

Officials have generally waited hours to confirm rescues.

Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave. "We would be honored to welcome the team from the Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season".

The rescue operation began Sunday and has been progressing rapidly.

Mr Karadzic, who the BBC reported was stationed near a hard stretch of the cave about halfway along the escape route to replace oxygen tanks and help guide people through, said the rescue workers had feared the worst.

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