Tenth person rescued from Thai cave on third day of operation

Pauline Gross
July 10, 2018

Thai officials say four boys were brought out of a flooded cave in northern Thailand on Monday.

Four other youngsters and their soccer coach are still inside.

The four boys pulled from the cave Sunday in an urgent and unsafe operation that involved them diving through the cave's dark, tight and twisting passages were happy and in good health, authorities said. Anyone not essential to the mission had been ordered out of the cave, he added.

The boys and the coach were found more than a week after they became stuck on a small, muddy patch deep in the cave's network of chambers. Public health officials would decide on Tuesday whether the second batch could see their families.

The boys remain in quarantine but some of their parents have been able to see their children through the glass.

But although the eight were rescued, there were concerns they may have contracted an illness while in the cave.

Jesada said they were uncertain what type of infections the boys could face "because we have never experienced this kind of issue from a deep cave". The boys will remain in hospital for at least another week before being discharged to ensure they do not have any infectious diseases.

Thailand's health ministry permanent secretary Jesada Chokdamrongsuk told reporters that the first eight boys rescued from the cave complex are generally in good health and had asked for chocolate bread for breakfast.

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The rescue mission began on Sunday morning, almost a week since the 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their coach had been discovered on an embankment 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) inside the winding tunnels.

"Now they have no fever and can do their normal activities", Chokedamrongsuk said. "We are just praying for them to have a safe return". They were still wearing sunglasses as a precaution while their eyes adjusted to the light, he added.

Four were rescued on Monday, and the first four extracted on Sunday.

Dozens of other medical professionals and rescuers were at the cave entrance to assist the divers when they emerged with the boys. Doctors were being cautious because of the infection risk and were isolating the boys in the hospital.

A team of more than 30 American military personnel from the US Pacific Command arrive and are joined by three British diving experts who start to probe the cave. It raised hope and excitement that the remaining two - including the team's 25-year-old coach - could soon follow.

Despite being told by the head of the rescue operation that the submarine was not practical for the rescue mission, Musk stated he was leaving the submarine "here in case it may be useful in the future".

Although there have been no major reported complications during the initial rescues, the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL diver who ran out of oxygen in a flooded area of the cave on Friday underscored the dangers of the journey. The rescue effort is slowed somewhat by the fact that the team must replenish supplies and oxygen tanks that line the 2.5-mile route out of the cave.

The Thai Navy SEALs greet another seemingly successful day with a social media post saying "Hooyah". "But we'll look forward to celebrating the success".

Other reports by GizPress

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