After Heroic Thai Rescue, Cave Diving Doctor Mourns Father's Death

Pauline Gross
July 12, 2018

"Harry", as he is known in the global caving community, cancelled a planned holiday and jetted in to northern Thailand as part of the worldwide team trying to get the youngsters out of the Tham Luang cave.

"All four boys have arrived at hospital, all are safe", Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission, told reporters of those rescued on Monday.

The boys will remain in quarantine because of a fear of infection, and it's understood they have only been able to speak to family members through a window.

Dr Jesada said the first group taken out, on Sunday, were aged 14 to 16 and the second group, taken out on Monday, were aged 12 to 14.

Musk has been tweeting about the rescue mission for the last few days.

The other four and their 25-year-old coach remain trapped where they have been for more than a fortnight after heavy rains flooded the cave system. ABC News identified the Wild Boar soccer team players Mongkol Boonbiam, Songpong Jaiwong, Ponchai Kumluang, Pipat Pothi, Duangpetch Promthep, Adul Samon, Panumat Sangdee, Peerapat Sompiangjai, Prajak Sutham, Nuttawut Takamsong, Chanin Wiboonrungrueng and Eakkarat Wongsukchan.

The group were discovered by British divers 10 days later and rescue operations have been accelerated after further monsoon conditions were predicted.

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Officials are hoping that the final phase of the rescue can be completed in four or five hours, Narongsak said, according to Thai Public Broadcasting.

The eight boys rescued after being trapped for more than two weeks were described as generally healthy. "This story has meant so much to me as I have followed it in Thailand this summer", he said in a video filmed at the scene of the flooded cave in the country's north.

REPLAN, REPLENISH Rescue organisers say they need 20 hours to replan and replenish oxygen supplies, with the next rescue mission expected to come some time on Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting. He then acknowledged that the boys were given "something to make them not too nervous and panic". It is now unclear whether Musk or his technology will be used in the rescue efforts, but Musk confirmed via tweet that the submarine is in Thailand and ready to be used if needed. "We can see that everything is ok as they're eating well", he said.

The rescue mission is still underway.

Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who is leading the rescue mission, also warned today's operation could be more hard due to the increased number of people to be evacuated, but that he expected the "everyone will be out today".

And Gianna Infantino, the president of Federation Internationale de Football Association, soccer's governing body, has invited the boys to the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday. "Leaving here in case it may be useful in the future".

Other reports by GizPress

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