Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Thai volunteers react as cave rescue concludes

Thai volunteers react as cave rescue concludes

Rescuers walk toward the entrance to a cave complex where five were still trapped, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand Tuesday, July 10, 2018.

Officials told Reuters that Monday's rescue operation would take between 10 and 20 hours.

British divers found the team, hungry and huddled in darkness in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojina said the same divers who participated in Sunday's rescue are conducting the operation Monday because they are familiar with the cave conditions. Last Friday, one former Thai Navy Seal died while placing oxygen tanks deep within the caves.

The final part of the operation to rescue a boys' football team from a cave in Thailand has begun.

The footballers still awaiting rescue are about two kilometers further in, at a point very hard to access.

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The remaining five members of the Thai soccer team will be rescued from the cave today, officials have confirmed. They also anxious about dwindling oxygen levels in the cave.

Thai authorities said the first four rescued Sunday were in "good health" but have been kept in quarantine until the risk of infection subsides. Medical experts say they are in high spirits and generally healthy. Eight of the boys have already been rescued, while four remain. They had been trapped inside the Tham Luang cave for more than two weeks.

Osotthanakorn, the former governor of Chiang Rai, said Monday's rescue involved numerous same divers who brought out the first four boys on Sunday.

"They are good physically and mentally", a health official said at a separate press conference from Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital.

"The kids are footballers so they have high immune systems", Mr Jesada said.

Rescue efforts bore fruit on Sunday as four of the children were pulled from the ordeal, while an additional four were added to the rescue tally on Monday.

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Officials lavished praise on the Thai and global divers who executed the risky rescue mission, guiding boys who can barely swim and have no diving experience through a treacherous 4-kilometre-long (2 1/2-mile) escape route that twisted and turned and rose and fell inside the mountain cave complex.

Weather forecasters warned heavy rain could hit the area through the week.

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