Friday, 20 July, 2018

Thai cave rescue: Boys in quarantine at hospital unable to see family

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Kenny Thornton | 11 July, 2018, 00:10

The fifth boy was taken by helicopter to Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital in the provincial capital Chiang Rai, while the sixth remained inside a medical tent before being moved.

Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda told reporters the rescued boys were in good health in hospital but did not give details.

Narongsak said rescuers had to tighten a guide rope as part of their preparations before this second phase of the rescue on Monday. Officials heading the rescue operation had said they were preparing a third rescue mission.

"Hooyah", the Thai Navy SEALS wrote on their Facebook page Monday, referring to the boys' soccer team, the Wild Boars.

Among those are U.S. military partners, British cave diving experts - including the two men who first located the boys a week ago - and rescue workers from Australia, China and other countries.

An ambulance believed to be carrying rescued schoolboys leaves from Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, July 9, 2018.

Musk on Sunday shared photos and videos of a small submarine-like vessel that could help rescue the group stranded on a muddy ledge about 2.5 miles from the cave's main entrance, and about half a mile below the surface.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha was expected to visit the cave site later Monday, after first travelling south to Phuket, where a boat capsizing resulted in 42 deaths, mostly tourists from China.

Narongsak said he was not sure if the remaining five people will be extracted in one or more operations.

"This morning they said they are hungry, and they wanted phad kra pao", he said.

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"Give us three more days and the Boars will come out to see the world, every one of them", Maj.

Change Mai governor Narongsak Osottanakorn said on Monday that the rescued boys' identities were being protected out of respect for the families of those still trapped inside the cave.

These divers have been working together to help guide the boys through the long, hard passages of the cave.

How are the boys being rescued? "We should hear good news again", Narongsak said.

A total of eight boys have now been rescued. And while oxygen is placed along the road, one experienced ex-Thai Navy SEAL diver lost his life last week while replacing the oxygen canisters.

Thai authorities said the parents of the four boys rescued Sunday are still being kept from physical contact with them due to fear of infections. An ambulance was seen leaving the scene immediately afterward early Monday evening.

They are the second batch to undertake the perilous journey out of Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai.

Omar Reygadas, who spent 69 days trapped underground in Chile in 2010 with 32 other miners, said faith and prayer, as well as humour were very important to the miners at times when they doubted they would get out. Secondly, after a delay of several hours required them to replace the oxygen tanks along the path, the teams of divers are going back in, to bring more of them to the surface.

Here are some pictures of the dramatic mission captivating Thailand and the world.

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