Final Rescue Mission For Trapped Thai Boys' Football Team Is Underway

Howard TerryJul 12, 2018

An elite team of Thai Navy SEALs and foreign rescue divers on Tuesday began what they hoped would be a final push to rescue four boys and their soccer coach from a cave near the Thai-Myanmar border after extracting eight others through a labyrinth of tight passages.

An global team of rescuers has been in Thailand since the discovery of the stranded football team and their coach, assisting the Thai Navy SEALs in their rescue efforts.

Four boys were previously rescued Sunday and another four were brought to the surface on Monday.

Thailand has been riveted by the dramatic rescue mission to save 12 players and their coach from the "Wild Boars" team after they first got trapped in Tham Luang cave more than two weeks ago by rising floodwaters.

The eight boys undergoing treatment at Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital were in general good health, both physically and mentally, he said.

The boys were exploring the caves on June 23 with their coach when they were trapped inside by heavy seasonal rains, CNN reported.

"If the lab results are negative - no infection or any disease - they can visit but they have to wear [medical] gown, face mask and hair cap".

The head of the operation, Narongsak Osottanakorn, said earlier the final operation would be "more challenging" because one more survivor would be brought out, along with three Navy Seals who have been accompanying them.

Four boys and their soccer coach remain in the cave.

Narongsak Osatanakorn says the rescue mission began at 10.08 a.m. and involves 19 divers. "It is made of rocket parts & named Wild Boar after kids" soccer team.

"We will check later today whether their eyes have adjusted to light", said Dr Jesada.

"The boys were asking for bread with chocolate spread", Jedsada said, adding that the request was granted but they were kept away from spicy food.

Jesada Chokdumrongsuk, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry, told a joint press conference on Tuesday morning that despite being healthy, the boys have to remain in hospital for at least a week.

'The equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission'.

It is believed that today's operation will take longer than the previous ones, but they are optimistic that they will be able to bring the five members of the team out.

When they failed to return home, a huge search operation was launched and they were found 10 days later, weak but alive.

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