Divers Hope To Rescue Remaining Boys Trapped In Thai Cave

Thailand Ministry of Public Health

A team of Thai and global divers extracted eight of the boys Sunday and Monday using a complex system that involved laying out oxygen canisters at regular intervals to guide them out of the flooded cave.

A team of Thai and global divers guided the boys and their coach out through a almost four kilometer long passageway.

The Seals said they are still waiting for a medic and three navy Seals who stayed with the boys to emerge from the cave.

The boys rescued so far are in good overall health despite spending two weeks in the dank cave system, Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, permanent secretary of the ministry of public health, told a news conference in Chiang Rai.

They wore face masks and were tied to buddy divers who carried their oxygen tanks, guiding them through more than two kilometres of narrow, dark corridors using torches and guide ropes. All have now been transferred to hospital.

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Authorities in northern Chiang Rai province began the unsafe mission to bring out the 12 boys and their coach earlier on Sunday. Two divers will accompany one child as they stick to a cave line that stretches the entire mile and a half distance.

When asked about his first reaction as he saw the first set of boys who were rescued he admitted that he was "very scared".

Former Chiang Rai governor and rescue mission commander Narongsak Osotthanakorn said Monday night that it would take 20 hours to prepare for the operation, but he cautioned timings could change depending on weather and water levels. British divers found them in a partly flooded passage several kilometers inside the cave on July 2.

Since the operation started, the area outside the cave's entrance has filled with media, volunteers and onlookers.

Being able to see the final on Sunday would be a nice treat for the 12 boys and their coach, but they have a good reason for not traveling to Russian Federation.

The 12 members of a youth soccer team and their coach were rescued during a three-day mission in the Tham Luang caves in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand.

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"The kids are footballers and have high immune systems", Chokedamrongsuk said per USA Today. The rescued boys are now in the hospital receiving treatment.

Two of the boys possibly have a lung infection but all eight are generally "healthy and smiling, " he said.

Family members have seen at least some of the boys from behind a glass barrier.

"We would love to welcome the team from Wild Boars Football Club and their rescuers to Old Trafford this coming season", the club said on its official Twitter account.

It is believed that the second lot of boys are in better health than the first four who were brought out first because they were deemed the "weakest". Musk had proposed possible technological solutions for extracting the boys while they were trapped and travelled to Thailand this week.

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