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Rescue of Thai boys tempered by health concerns

10 July, 2018, 01:35 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Authorities have been rushing to extract the boys, ages 11-16, and their coach from the cave as the annual monsoon bears down on the mountainous region in far northern Chiang Rai province.

Mr Narongsak said that experts told him new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to just 10 square meters.

Seven more boys and the coach are still trapped. "We're under a lot of pressure", she said, declining to be named because she was not allowed to speak to the media. That brought the total number of boys rescued to five.

A relative of one member of the soccer team said that the boys' families had agreed to remain at the cave until all of the boys and the coach are brought out.

When it was realised that the boys were in the cave system, divers began the process of trying to find them in the enormous area.

Extracting everyone could take up to four days, but the initial success has raised hopes that could be done.

The football team trapped in the flooded cave in Thailand may be rescued in time for the World Cup final, but whether they will be fit enough to take up Fifa President Gianni Infantino's offer of tickets to the big game remains to be seen. Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters laid along the route to the boys' damp refuge.

The weather in Chiang Rai, Thailand, where the boys and their coach are trapped in a cave, is "actually quite dry", said CBS News foreign correspondent Ben Tracy. Officials have said storms forecast for Chiang Rai province in Thailand's far north had factored into their decision to go ahead with a complicated and risky plan to have the boys and their coach dive out of the cave.

Thai soldiers try to connect water pipes that will help bypass water from entering a cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, in northern Thailand, July 7, 2018.

At a news conference Monday, former Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn said the second rescue involved numerous same divers who brought the four boys out on Sunday.




Eight members of the soccer team stranded in a flooded cave complex in Thailand have been saved, as rescue efforts continued for a second day.

"We heard four boys are out but we do not know who they are".

Witnesses say the boys freed Monday were treated at a make-shift hospital at the site, before being taken to a local hospital. But then oxygen started running low in the cave, and officials also anxious the little piece of real estate the boys and their coach have could be lost.

Four boys were retrieved from the cave Sunday, with Narongsak noting that the healthiest boys were removed first.

They said the four boys already rescued are hungry but in good health in a hospital.

Adesman said that PTSD is an issue for protracted trauma, and he's optimistic the worst is behind the boys trapped in the cave. They are then taken to hospital in Chiang Rai.

Medical teams previously said concerns included hypothermia and an airborne lung infection known as "cave disease", which is caused by bat and bird droppings.

A fifth boy was rescued on Monday afternoon, a Royal Thai Navy official said.

"We have not been told which child has been brought out. We can't visit our boys in hospital because they need to be monitored for 48 hours", he told Reuters. "I believe they want to eat khao pad kaw pow [fried rice and basil]", Osatanakorn said.

The cave complex is off-limits during the rainy season, which usually runs from May to October, when downpours can quickly flood it.

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