Second Phase Of Thailand Rescue Pulls 4 More Boys From Cave

Fighting time, high waters, divers prepare to rescue second group of Thai boys from cave
4 freed from Thailand cave, but rescuers face 'war with water and time' to get to others
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11 July, 2018

"We will not push them too hard on their studies", he said, adding that extra tutoring will be given to allow the boys to catch up on their missed work.

Narongsak quipped: "If the God of Rain has mercy for us, we may be able to finish it fast".

Thailand's Meteorological Department said there was a 60 per cent chance of rain with more thunderstorms forecast throughout the week.

Narongsak Osottanakorn, the head of the rescue operation, told reporters on Monday: "The four children are fine".

"Anyone that has had contact with the boys, including their close family, will be closely monitored to make sure they are disease free".

Eight boys and the coach remained inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave as authorities paused the global effort to replenish air tanks along the treacherous exit route.

Extracting everyone from the cave could take up four days, but Sunday's success raised hopes that could be done.

The boys are said to be generally in good health but doctors are still evaluating whether they could have picked up any unsafe infections, such as the potentially lethal leptospirosis, while inside the damp cave for two weeks.

According to the Associated Press, a Thai official revealed that the healthiest boys were taken out of the cave first.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was scheduled to visit the site later Monday, after first traveling south to Phuket, where a boat capsizing resulted in 42 deaths, mostly tourists from China. On Sunday, the first four boys were rescued and were taken to a hospital in Chiang Rai for evaluation. Thai Navy SEALs and global cave diving experts brought out four boys Sunday, and the operation is continuing today.

Each boy is being accompanied by two divers through the dark and complex cave system. That time, however, was later than the ongoing rescue mission was expected to last.

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The rescue mission has been a huge operation, led by the Royal Thai Navy's SEAL unit, and supported by a cast of hundreds.

Though it rained again Sunday, it did not affect the water levels in the cave, said Narongsak Osatanakorn, the leader of the command center in charge of the rescue operation. They and were in good condition in hospital, officials said.

Authorities declined to say how many boys would be extracted on Monday.

The potential for rising water and the dwindling oxygen levels added to the urgency of getting the team out.

Teams have used high-powered pumps to empty more than 100 million of gallons of water out of the cave.

Thirteen global divers and five Thai Navy SEALs are involved in the operation.

The rescue of the first four boys - whose soccer team is known as the Wild Boars - brought cheers and optimism on Sunday, bolstering hopes that more of the boys can survive a complicated and hours-long process that includes the use of multiple divers and a system of air tanks stashed along the escape route.

Monsoon flooding cut off their escape route and prevented rescuers from finding them for nearly 10 days. More than 1000 journalists from across the world have descended on northern Thailand to report the story. The search and rescue operation has involved dozens of global experts and rescuers, including a U.S. military team.

He also posted photos and videos of a team of divers testing the pod in Palisades Charter High School's swimming pool in LA, including one simulating the pod being manoeuvred through a narrow passage and another showing a man coming out of it safe and dry.

The rescuers also had cassettes, in which the children were placed, to help transport them safely in areas that were flooded. However, it is unclear if the device is part of any current rescue plans.

Speaking to NBC's "Today" on Monday, he said: "The main challenge is that we are dealing with young kids that are in no way trained to do cave diving". "Very courageous and talented people!"


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